Mint remains the most wanted on DistroWatch

We turn to the statistics of Distrowatch to see which are the most searched distributions (to put it in a certain way) By the users.

I have captured the data of the last 7 days, 3 months y 6 months respectively and the figures speak for themselves. Although in the past 3 months Mint marked a slight decrease, still remains as the most consulted in Distrowatch. Ubuntu, openSUSE, ArchLinux go into a tailspin, while MageiaDebian y Puppy they are on the rise.

As a famous television host and journalist in my country says: Get your own conclusions.

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  1.   Oscar said

    The one that maintains a well-sustained upward march is Mageia, considering that version 2 has not yet come out.

  2.   jamin samuel said

    <p Interesante ajajajaja .. xD un amigo fiel a la distro ubuntu desde hace años me dijo que esas sifras cambiaran con la salida de ubuntu 12.04 y que superara a Mint xD ejeje no supe que decirle

    1.    jamin samuel said

      I just modified my user agent ... I no longer feel sorry for showing what I use xD ajajaj ..

      1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said


    2.    Courage said

      Hehehe a winbuntosete is what your acquaintance is

      1.    jamin samuel said


  3.   rock and roll said

    Although it is insistent to say so, it must be emphasized that they are visit data to the page of each distribution on and that, surely, they do not fully reflect the actual use of each one. In addition, distributions that have shorter release cycles appear more often in the headlines of distrowach, especially if for each alpha or beta they play kicks and cymbals.

    1.    stories said

      This that you comment is very successful, as shown by the graph that they published right here where Ubuntu 32 and 64 take the majority.

      1.    jamin samuel said

        And what is the problem of which system is used more and which is used less? what matters is that it works for you ...

        the linux beauty pageant .. and the finalists are:
        - Miss ubuntu
        - Miss linux mint
        - Miss fedora
        - Miss debian
        - Miss sabayon
        - etc

        that's the only thing missing .. this becomes a contest xD

        1.    Courage said

          Well, Ubuntu does not enter Miss something ... Rather it is an ugly fat and drugged

    2.    Carlos-Xfce said

      It is true that Distrowatch does not provide results on the actual use of the distributions or their downloads. We cannot assure you that Ubuntu has lost few or many users due to Unity, and consequently these users were switched to Linux Mint. We cannot, either, assure that the popularity of Linux Mint is based on the sum of one of its qualities (listening to its users) and one of the defects of Ubuntu (not taking into account the point of view of its users).

      The only thing we can assure you is that Ubuntu can no longer boast of being the number 1 distribution in the Distrowatch leaderboard. We can also affirm that, unfortunately for Ubuntu, Linux Mint is that derivative distribution that has taken away all the prominence of the Distrowatch ladder.

      And then, of the future, we cannot assure or affirm anything. To wait and see what happens. For now, at least in Distrowatch, Ubuntu is in a tailspin.

      1.    rock and roll said

        Another thing can also be assured, and that is that among the top 5 positions there are three Debian base distributions, the same one included. This shows that the star of GNU / Linux is Debian. I said, hehe.

  4.   v3on said

    interesting, very interesting 😎

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  6.   Joseph said

    With the shit of the last days of Mint and the release of an Ubuntu LTS, which in its beta has already shown that it is going very well and that it has reconciled with Gnome… .. there is no color. I don't like a lot of Ubuntu's stuff, but it's a serious distro, which Mint hasn't shown, even though it says it listens more to its users.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      regards Joseph:
      What shit are we talking about in this case? I am not a user of Mint, but I differ a lot in that it is not a serious distro. If it were not serious, it would not be where it is today. If serious means having a whole company behind, then Debian (to give an example), it would not be serious, and that is not true. Is that what you mean?

      1.    Joseph said

        Well when I say serious ... I mean it in a tone of disappointment for me. I am referring to the many criticisms received for selling itself as rolling when it seems that it is not, coupled with the fact that it gives the impression of a decision-making too much at the expense of a handful of users actually above a vision of the future that is indicated by how other distros evolve. And also seeing so many open fronts (no distro does this), that if with KDE, that if with MATE, etc. It doesn't seem reasonable to me (SERIOUS). I mean, I'm not saying it's bad. I know that it is very good and it was my distro for the next few years…. but I do not see a clear line of development (SERIOUS) but some decisions here and there trying to satisfy everyone, something that I think is not possible. I think there is a middle ground between the dictatorship of Ubuntu and the "I don't know what" of Mint. Only that. Perhaps I am too mediated by my taste for a future with Gnome 3 along with other SERIOUS desktops like KDE or LXCE.


        1.    Joseph said

          And to all this…. I mean working with LMDE. The Mint derived from Ubuntu neither go nor come to me.

          1.    Joseph said

            So…. I personally don't want another future Ubuntu. Ubuntu is for that.

        2.    ianpocks said

          Right now «Jose»

          I agree with you Linux mint, you cannot say serious, you already know that when a distro is friendly it is not entirely serious. Although it seems to me a serious, stable fedora with a clear development objective. You just have to see what each new release carries.

          That you say that LXDE is a serious desktop, well I do not know if I take it as a joke, seriously if I see it KDE although my pc or I do not know what it is, we are not used ...

          Lxde is better than XFCE, but come on. XFCe is a somewhat old project, I am not saying that it is not serious, but it lacks updates.

          Lxde is light but I do not see it serious we are going to be a beta, how do you change the keyboard layout ???

          With openbox it can be configured, but we let lxde itself not have its own tool.

          Another thing is that it is a serious development one that has a thousand updates a year with thousands of bugs, or one that I have an update every x time but without a bug and without special options ???

      2.    Joseph said

        And the shit…. well maybe they are "causes beyond their control"…. I mean the issue of servers, when the ISOs have not even come out…. breaking an infinity of installations of fervent followers.

        1.    Joseph said

          Mint caught my attention by saying that it was an improved Ubuntu, that is, that it listened to its users to improve what they did not like about Ubuntu. It didn't quite convince me, but it got my attention. But when LMDE came out and what was intended was raised, the heavens opened up to me: Debian with enough tweaks to install and that's it. And now it is following a similar path to Ubuntu in many respects, but without finishing it…. like halfway through everything. Anyway. A disappointment.

          1.    ianpocks said


            If you stop to think from lmde to debian there is not so much, and sometimes it makes you want to do direct formatting to the pc and install a debian or an arch.

            At the end of the day Debian is not that complicated, the installation is the same as the alternate Ubuntu, another thing is the day-to-day configuration but luckily there are manuals.

            I already tell you when seeing this series of things makes you want to go to a serious although serious I mean difficult but decent

  7.   Hernando sanchez said

    Despite the negative comments to GNU / LINUX, most distros improve month by month. In my personal case I installed KUBUNTU 12.04 on a TOSHIBA laptop and I am happy, a very friendly and pleasant interface and I installed the basic applications and they are working very well. Thanks to all these people who are working hard to bring us programs like these; free and free. Linux Mint has it in an old version and it is still just as practical and manageable, although not with all the improvements for not updating it.

  8.   ianpock's said

    On the one hand we should be a bit reasonable and say things sensibly.

    1st how is a rolling release going to have the same downloads as a cycle release, it doesn't make any sense.

    2º Whoever chooses a rolling release will already know which one and will not go to look at distrowatch, he would mostly go to the forums of the distro in question, because by your rule freebsd and gentoo are also in a fallen layer….

    Let's make sense of things.

    Rolling releases are not downloaded so often, what else are they for?

    In addition, a friendly distro that can be used by the pope with its 900 years is not the same and something very different distros based on the bsd system such as arch, slackware (say vanilla), freebsd and gentoo.

    Debian is on the rise, maybe it's because of unity and gnome3.

    But we go to my distrowatch and his statistics are not very reactive.

    Well, a pearl can hit the ubuntu distro, say 3 thousand times a day and it doesn't mean that it is the most visited, if you tell me by the IP's records, and by the distros downloads….

    I said these studies do not make much sense.

  9.   Windousian said

    I do not understand the entry very well, how are they going downhill? If the average number of clicks per day (HPD) in Ubuntu is 2269 (in the last 7 days), 2166 (in the last 3 months) and 2151 (in the last 6 months), ... that means an increase in clicks per day in Ubuntu (2151 <2166 <2269). And the same with the rest of the distributions.

    1.    Windousian said

      You should correct the entry (and take it into account for the next one).