- Oct 29, 2000
Distrowatch doesn't measure distro installs... in fact that website's distro ranking is as useless as it gets for determining the popularity of a Linux distro.
Yeah, if I recall all they do is measure the number of unique visitors to each distributions page on their site and use that as an indication of a distributions popularity. It is a highly flawed methodology, meaduign neither downloads, new installs nor existing installs.
It's just about next to useless.
There really is no good measure of distribution popularity. We are left with educated guesses.
Enterprise IT types still seem to favor RHEL. University / researchers and other institutional users seem to lean towards Debian and Ubuntu server.
Non-gaming consumers seem to be leaving towards Mint, and gamers who get into Linux seem to like the likes of Arch and Manjaro.
As for which actually had a higher install base, my educated guess would be that it is between RHEL and Debioan/Ubuntu server, and that all of the consumer desktop installs fall rather far behind them, with Ubuntu and Mint near the top of those.
It's really just an educated guess though, as there is no real data to go by.