The results of DesktopLinux.coms 2006 Desktop Linux Market survey are in, and the votes are all tallied. This first article of a series offers a perspective on how the various desktop Linux distributions fared, and why.
Before jumping into what the survey of almost 15,000 Linux users revealed, though, I should point out a few things.
First, this is in no way, shape, or form a scientific survey. Anyone who wanted to vote could vote. We did make sure that we didnt have a Chicago-style election with multiple votes from one person—or IP address, anyway—but that was about it.
We also didnt include some mildly popular choices—Arch Linux, GNOMEs Epiphany Web browser, and the Fluxbox window manager—in the initial version of survey. Our readers spoke early on, and we added them.
Still, when all is said and done, we do think that our survey does say some interesting things about the current state of desktop Linux. So, without further adieu, heres what we found.
The most popular desktop of Linux today is… well, most of you can already guess without seeing the scores: Ubuntu.