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  • Is Linux losing popularity?!

    When Ubuntu came it was a breath of fresh air. It brought many new Linux users. However, even as an ardent Debian user, I find the latest Google Trend curve for "Ubuntu" quite a bit disturbing - http://www.google.com/trends?q=ubuntu

    What is happening?! From the graph it seems the positive Ubuntu effect (which is positive for all Linux users) is not only dying off, but also decreasing. What could be the reason? Is it a general trend for Linux? Brrr... Or is something else?

    What could be going on?! Any speculation is valid as such!


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  • #2
    Actually, you can read that to mean the EXACT OPPOSITE. In other words, if people KNOW about it, they are LESS likely to perform a general google search for it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
      Actually, you can read that to mean the EXACT OPPOSITE. In other words, if people KNOW about it, they are LESS likely to perform a general google search for it.
      Yes, that is what I first though of too. However, we are nowhere near the saturation point for that to have happened. Not in the same ballpark, by far.

      Look at

      * iPhone (hardware) - http://www.google.com/trends?q=iPhone

      * Photoshop (software)
      http://www.google.com/trends?q=Photo...ate=all&sort=0

      *Android (OS) http://www.google.com/trends?q=Andro...ate=all&sort=0

      I am not saying that Linux i going away, just that the general awareness (hype) may be slowing down. Maybe that is good, in one sense, sort of - to get rid of unfounded hype.

      But, since there are new developers entering the market every day, perhaps with a different mindset than 30+ developers have, I think this is worrying. They may think of Linux as that complicated geek layer underneath Android...

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      • #4
        be sure linux is populary people "Womans" with ZERO computer skills ask me about linux... because they have windows7 on there computer!!!!

        yes no joke!

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        • #5
          According to this it's not:

          http://www.webupd8.org/2010/07/linux...cord-high.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kraftman View Post
            But, that is w3schools.com which is described at http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/w3schools.com as "Includes collection of web building tutorials.".

            Their audience appears to be highly more likely to use Linux than other parts of society. I think Google Trends is more neutral in that respect, even if actual web server logs are the way to go. It would be nice to see those of http://www.ebay.com/ or some other non-techie neutral site. The Alexa Audience Demographics make it look fairly neutral (http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/ebay.com).

            On the other hand, there is always www.top500.org if these numbers mskr you feel a bit down.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sabriah View Post
              On the other hand, there is always www.top500.org if these numbers mskr you feel a bit down.
              http://www.top500.org/stats/list/35/osfam

              Code:
              OS	N	Share	Rmax Sum	Rpeak Sum	Processors
              
              Linux	455	_91.00 %	27162011	41989385	3774451
              Windows	__5	__1.00 %	__412590	__509350	__59072
              Unix	_22	__4.40 %	_1479895	_1891787	_118930
              BSD 	__1	__0.20 %	__122400	__131072	___1280
              Mixed	_17	__3.40 %	_3257787	_3948902	1177728
              Totals	500	100.00 %	32434684	48470496	5131461
              Sorry for the ugly formatting, but I don't know how to make proper tables.

              Unfortunately, these aren't the desktop numbers.

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              • #8
                Yeah, and programming itself is loosing popularity too. Some day people shall stop writing software, it will just emerge from the internet.
                http://www.google.com/trends?q=programming

                Actually, trends mean that Internet became accessible and popular. More consumers more consumer product search request.

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                • #9
                  Nooooooo!!! The Master System is also loosing popularity :'(

                  http://www.google.com/trends?q=master+system

                  On the other hand Meego is gaining popularity exponentialy:

                  http://www.google.com/trends?q=meego

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by devius View Post
                    On the other hand Meego is gaining popularity exponentialy:

                    http://www.google.com/trends?q=meego
                    .... only because of its association with "mobile" and "intel" and SOOOO MANY people are suffering with poulsbo and need the drivers that intel *HOPEFULLY* will eventually provide for meego.

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                    • #11
                      Interestingly "Windows" and "Mac OSX" are also loosing popularity, but "Android" (as meego before) is also increasing in popularity exponentialy. So the fact that linux is loosing popularity is probably just a small part of the bigger trend of desktop computing loosing popularity against all things mobile related.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                        .... only because of its association with "mobile" and "intel" and SOOOO MANY people are suffering with poulsbo and need the drivers that intel *HOPEFULLY* will eventually provide for meego.
                        What about those suffering from Nvidia blobs? *Hopefully* Nvidia will manage to release a driver that doesn't hardlock when resuming from sleep.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                          .... only because of its association with "mobile" and "intel" and SOOOO MANY people are suffering with poulsbo and need the drivers that intel *HOPEFULLY* will eventually provide for meego.
                          Heh... Don't bet money on that happening anytime soon. If the issues TI's had with their FOSS endeavors with the OMAP3, it's going to be...fun...getting the alternate driver even available under less restrictive terms than it is available under right now (I believe you still have to be under NDA to get access to the full deal with OMAP3 and similar stuff right now...).

                          Picking a core like this might be good for bang-for-buck in terms of watts consumed and overall core cost- but most of the players that're worthwhile are being at least somewhat more restrictive with this stuff than the players in the desktop space have been with things.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                            What about those suffering from Nvidia blobs? *Hopefully* Nvidia will manage to release a driver that doesn't hardlock when resuming from sleep.
                            I guess your mileage may vary on things. I've had few issues with my i7 laptop, purchased with an NVidia adapter for the reason that AMD's offerings were less stable overall until recently.

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                            • #15
                              Maybe the declining popularity of Ubuntu as a search term means Ubuntu is losing popularity?

                              That doesn't mean the terms Linux, Fedora, Suse, or whatever are losing popularity.

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