This was meant as answer on one post on opensuse(a)opensuse.org mail list, but
discussion probably suits better here, or marketing list.
The problem are first time users, both Linux and openSUSE.
They don't have some habits we have, and even for modestly experienced
openSUSE users is not common to take long look around before update or
installation of new version of software. It is prudent to do so, but it takes
time and people don't do that very often.
Those comming from mainstream OS want to go away from problems, any kind of
problems: BSOD, malware, lack of control over own computer, everlasting
financial drainage, and so on.
They make a step in unknown and what they see first is better to be good. When
new solution appear the same as the one that they want to leave, they will
stick with the old one, it saves learning. That is where Ubuntu makes
According to distrowatch.com
whatever they do makes difference.
Views Diff to next
1 Ubuntu 2328> 614
2 openSUSE 1714= 156
3 Mint 1558> 197
4 Fedora 1361> 95
5 Debian 1266< 224
6 Mandriva 1042>
I'm aware that Distrowatch counts clicks on links, but that tells how many
people looks for information on certain distro. Those at the top will get
more clicks from casual visitors, but I don't expect that there is many of
them. It could be considered as view from Linux user, that wants to see what
else is out there, stand point.
The ranks on Alexa are windows users perspective:
What do you think?
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