Distrowatch

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Do you still check out Distrowatch?

Yes, all the time
14
21%
No, not anymore
7
10%
Once a week
9
13%
Once a month
8
12%
Once every few months, give or take.
17
25%
Only for Distrowatch Weekly.
1
1%
Never did.
9
13%
What is Distrowatch...
2
3%
 
Total votes : 67

Distrowatch

Postby iceman » 2012-04-16 07:30

I was curious. How many people here have used or still use Distrowatch. I use to check it out daily. But I found since I have chosen Debian as my Distro of choice, I don't really care to go to Distrowatch anymore. There are better places for Linux news in general and as far as Distro specific, Debian has all I need.

What about the rest of you?
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby Randicus » 2012-04-16 07:58

I tried to vote for Every Few Months, but
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I have had this problem before. :x
I check it out occasionally to see what other distros are up to. Just out of curiosity.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby iceman » 2012-04-16 08:13

Yeah, I have it as well. I thought it was a bug that just affected me since I created the poll. Looks like it is more wide spread then that.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby emariz » 2012-04-16 20:07

I used to visit Distrowatch often when I first tried GNU/Linux, about five years ago. Then I kept checking it for new distributions and its weekly newsletter, but now I care very little about most other distributions (bar the commercial ones) and think that the quality of the newsletter has declined.

The same happened to me with LXer, a website that aggregates GNU/Linux news. While it still has a few interesting links, nowadays it is filled with pseudo-reviews (screen captures of an installer) and how-to's about a new application to change the wallpaper or the latest beta from Firefox. I could not care less about such stupid "articles".
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-16 20:16

Distrowatch top 10 list was what made me decide to try Linux. I looked at their pros/cons and decided on Ubuntu. I should have went with Debian or SUSE if I knew what was good for me. It listed Debian cons as 'rude people' and OpenSUSE cons as 'bloated and slow'. How misleading.

Wait.. Well, I am fairly rude... :o

Anyway I do not visit it any more. ;)
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby Randicus » 2012-04-16 23:00

emariz wrote:While it still has a few interesting links, nowadays it is filled with pseudo-reviews (screen captures of an installer) ...

The reviews are interesting. I read one a month or two ago where the first half was a detailed description of the installation; step by step. And of course, each step accompanied with a screenshot. The guy could simply have written that the installation was simple and he just had to follow the instructions. Then perhaps a more in depth critique of the OS's performance? My guess is the reviews are meant for new-comers whose primary concern is ease of installation, not for people looking for information about the OSs.
I find their top 100 rankings suspect. I believe they are based on the number of times links on Distrowatch are opened. If that is the case, the ranking is meaningless. I also believe such ranking has the potential to steer new-comers toward the "top-ranked" distros.
I should note that I did not discover Distrowatch, until after I switch to GNU-Linux.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-16 23:04

Ah I should mention insane people think that Mint actually has more users than Ubuntu due to distrowatch rankings... :roll:
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby iceman » 2012-04-16 23:44

vbrummond wrote:Ah I should mention insane people think that Mint actually has more users than Ubuntu due to distrowatch rankings... :roll:



Irrelevant. Debian has more users then both put together :mrgreen:
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby Randicus » 2012-04-16 23:50

Not according to Distrowatch. Mint is no.1, Ubuntu 2 and Debian was 5 or 6 the last time I saw THE RANKING. Obviously Mint is the best.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-17 00:12

If Mint really IS number 1, I hate people.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby Randicus » 2012-04-17 00:16

Look on the bright side. If Mint really is no.1, then butnut is not. Although, in LQ's latest popularity survey, if we pretend it means anything, butnut was the most popular. Of course, all *untus were included as Ubuntu, but CrunchBang, Saline, etc. were not included with Debian. Who makes these ridiculous surveys anyway?
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby iceman » 2012-04-17 01:05

Randicus wrote:Look on the bright side. If Mint really is no.1, then butnut is not. Although, in LQ's latest popularity survey, if we pretend it means anything, butnut was the most popular. Of course, all *untus were included as Ubuntu, but CrunchBang, Saline, etc. were not included with Debian. Who makes these ridiculous surveys anyway?



Then we need to make and push our own surveys.

What is your favorite distro(s)...

1 - Debian stable, testing, Sid
2 - Debian Sid, stable, testing
3 - Debian testing, Sid, stable
4 - Debian Sid, testing, stable
5 - Debian testing, stable, Sid
6 - Debian Stable
7 - Debian Sid
8 - Debian Testing
9 - All of the above, I love Debian
10 - None of the above, I love MS Windows, I hate Linux
11 - None of the above, I love Mac's, I hate Linux
12 - None of the above. I love Macs and MS Windows, I hate Linux.


See it is simple to start surveys and polls. I mean really, this survey gives each person twelve options. That is better then most surveys. That is an amazing number of choices with such variety.

In reality, just give them a variety of the same choices, add a couple MS Windows remarks, Mac remarks and of course that if they choose anything else other then the Debian answers, then they are really trolls who Hate Linux. There you go. Insta-Survey.
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby hhh » 2012-04-17 02:01

Randicus wrote:Not according to Distrowatch. Mint is no.1, Ubuntu 2 and Debian was 5 or 6 the last time I saw THE RANKING. Obviously Mint is the best.

Sarcasm or not, it needs to be stated that those are simply page hit rankings, as their headline states. The topic is frequently discussed...

Distrowatch wrote:The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions. They simply show the number of times a distribution page on DistroWatch.com was accessed each day, nothing more.

From... http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby Randicus » 2012-04-17 04:37

But what is the purpose of keeping such a tally? The "ranking" measures the number of information searches for each distro on that site. Getting some information, down-loading an ISO and trying a system, and using a system are three very different things. The "ranking" is pointless, but is actually taken seriously by some people.

We are better than the other Linux sites, because we have a gimmick. We have a ranking. :roll:
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Re: Distrowatch

Postby iceman » 2012-04-17 04:54

Randicus wrote:But what is the purpose of keeping such a tally? The "ranking" measures the number of information searches for each distro on that site. Getting some information, down-loading an ISO and trying a system, and using a system are three very different things. The "ranking" is pointless, but is actually taken seriously by some people.

We are better than the other Linux sites, because we have a gimmick. We have a ranking. :roll:



Yeah, it is pretty pointless. But at least it organizes distros for newbies. There are so many out there that the new person coming over from MS Windows is completely lost. At least there is something, some place for them to start such as Distrowatch and their top 100.

One would hope as they progress and learn more about Linux that they decrease their reliance on Distrowatch since, as already mentioned, it is inaccurate.
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