Axel Braun composed on 2020-03-29 10:04 (UTC+0200):
But stll people look for these kinds on rankings....
IMO DW is not irrelevant. IMO it is a place people wanting or needing to leave
Windows go to make comparisons among options, and for this purpose, it's good
because of the way it tabulates objective characteristics, such as release dates
and major package versions. I'm unaware of anything remotely like it to compare to.
That to experienced Linux users it obviously is subject to distortions in its
"popularity" system doesn't really doesn't seem to me would impact
users or non-user shoppers. Maybe most openSUSE users or those active as
"marketers" don't want such users to be a cause of openSUSE growth. Maybe
consistent with making "openSUSE the platform of choice for Linux developers and
software vendors", but I don't see it as consistent with making it "the
widely used Linux distribution".
It seems to me shoppers are likely to equate "rolling" to "unstable"
or at least,
to impacted by changes with higher frequency. Don't others here agree this could
The subject dual characterization is only the most recent thing about DW that
bothers me. Those that bother me more and have probably been around longer are:
1-page count rankings, whether distorted or not, had Fedora and openSUSE in more
or less tandem for over a decade. That's been history for some time now, as
instead of zero separation in between there is now a growing number, currently up
to 9, with Fedora remaining in the top 10 despite the possibly scripted
distortions that seem evident.
2-There's nothing evident to explain away the misleadingly ancient official (SLE)
kernel version in Leap. Who wants to begin a new existence with an "old" heart?
As a problem hunter, fixer and non-optimist, I spend considerable time trying to
answer questions on forums and mailing lists. I see fewer questions on openSUSE's
own than in the past, and as a result spend enough time more recently on
to get a feeling that DW popularity rankings may well be in
line with actual usage.
Even though they seem to have competent and active forums of their own, Mint,
Ubuntu and more recently MX and AntiX users' questions dominate. When I try to
gather info in trying to answer these, Ubuntu hits on Google are always prominent,
while to find any from opensuse.org
I need to include site:opensuse.org
search term or navigate to hits beyond the first page full.
The competence of openSUSE surely plays some part in low openSUSE support request
numbers, but these things I routinely encounter, plus the number of board
candidates running low and last minute, plus the number of Wiki pages still
showing only long ago retired versions while absent current, give me the feeling
openSUSE is in decline or stagnation, not growth. Only health reflected through BS
activity, which I don't know how to track, and designer distros don't feature,
seems likely contrary to decline.
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