Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ubuntu Back on TOP

Ubuntu is making its way back to TOP at Distrowatch page hit rankings.
For the last 7 days Ubuntu is way ahead of PCLinuxOS
1 Ubuntu 4378
2 PCLinuxOS 3180

However last 30 days and above rankings still have PCLinuxOS in the lead.
30 Days
1 PCLinuxOS 3642
2 Ubuntu 3322

3 Months
1 PCLinuxOS 3023
2 Ubuntu 2513

6 Months
1 PCLinuxOS 2865
2 Ubuntu 2346

I will definitely keep an eye on the rankings. It would be interesting to know if Ubuntu can regain the top slot at Distrowatch.

15 comments:

JohnF said...

A couple of things to consider here...

PCLinuxOS 2007 was last released in May, and hasn't had a point release since then (though 2007.1 may be out soon). Being a "rolling release" distro, you won't see a major re-release until the tools used won't allow it; however, the packages are kept updated fairly frequenly.

Ubuntu, on the other hand, is throwing out a full re-release every 6 months or so, but it will require a full re-install to keep everything up to date. You're going to generate more "Buzz" that way, with frequent releases, but PCLinuxOS stability and ease of use make it a much easier (imo) distro for new users. In addition, Ubuntu has a huge advantage in having Cannonical behind it to promote the product.

Both are great products, but both need to keep improving. They are certainly better than Windows Vista at this point.

Abhay said...

Well said.
New releases every 6 months do create a buzz. Add to this the backup of canonical and tieup with Dell- Ubuntu is poised to very popular. However, it is the excellent build quality of distributions like PCLinuxOS which will still keep it at the TOP.

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