On the GNU/Linux train line of life, DistroWatch is Grand Central Station, Victoria Station, Potsdamer Platz and Shinjuku Station all wrapped up into one point where GNU/Linux users invariably stop, sometimes more than once (sometimes a lot more than once, in my case, since I visit DistroWatch on a daily basis).
Making its typical contribution to the cause, DistroWatch is now providing a Top Ten List of the hundreds of distros out there. No, my distro didn’t make it, but that’s okay: For the computing masses, it’s an excellent guide to what’s popular and why.
“The bewildering choice and the ever increasing number of Linux distributions can be confusing for those who are new to Linux. This is why this page was created. It lists 10 Linux distributions (plus an honourable mention of FreeBSD, by far the most popular of all of the BSDs), which are generally considered as most widely-used by Linux users around the world,” the site explains.
Despite the fact that there are no figures to back it up and there are many other distributions that might suit a user’s particular purpose better, as a general rule, all of these are popular and have very active forums or mailing lists where you can ask questions if you get stuck, it continues.
Can’t wait to see the list? Okay:
4. Debian GNU/Linux
7. MEPIS Linux
10a. (Honorable Mention) FreeBSD
Berlin commuters are treated to this exposure to Ubuntu on the Metro, which is fairly interesting.
The text in the ad reads as follows: “The free OS Ubuntu is available in version 7.04 from April 19th. For more information: http://www.ubuntuusers.de.”
Bearing in mind, of course, that the subject of GNU/Linux advertising on a vehicle that’s significantly faster than the Berlin Metro has been discussed in an earlier blog item. However, this points out that those who say that GNU/Linux isn’t being promoted are somewhat mistaken.
Now if only an increase in market share could come with that . . .
While Bill Gates tours China shilling Windows XP for the Chinese equivalent of $3 — thus putting a variety of software pirates out of business there — Charlie Demerjian of The Inquirer tags along, reporting a unique perspective for his publication.
Demerjian says the fall of Redmond’s evil empire is imminent and his story makes some very salient points.
Demerjian’s dispatch in The Inquirer outlines that actions speak louder than public relations. “With two overlapping events, Microsoft admitted what we have been saying all along, Vista, aka Windows Me Two (Me II), is a joke that no one wants,” Demerjian writes.
In other words: It’s official — Vista blows.
Dell knows this. They’ve pulled Vis-duh off their machines, putting Windoze XP back on their boxes, all the while still considering a GNU/Linux distro to offer customers. Normally, computer makers knuckle under to every whim from Redmond, but not this time. Dell backpedaled, Redmond be damned.
Combine this with Gates’ attempt to stave off Linux in China, and Demerjian may have a good point.