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[opensuse-project] How are we really doing?
I know Distrowatch has its detractors, and for good reasons, but it exists.
Is there anything better that remotely resembles what it purports?

The following over December 2004 to date is based almost exclusively
upon Distrowatch pages:

2004-12 2009-11 2014-12
2019-12 Debian
Rank Name Hits Rank Name Hits Chg Rank Name Hits Chg
Rank Name Hits Chg 32? based
1 Mandriva 1390 | 1 Ubuntu 2176 +8 | 1 Mint 2325 +2
| 1 MXLinux 4559 New Yes 4559
2 Fedora 1271 | 2 Fedora 1679 +- | 2 Ubuntu 1853 -1
| 2 Manjaro 2573 +16 No No
3 SUSE 9.2 937 | 3 Mint 1359 New | 3 Debian 1581 +3
| 3 Mint 2225 -2 Yes 2225
4 MEPIS 857 | 4 openSUSE 11.2 1350 -1 | 4 OpenSUSE 13.2 1361 +-
| 4 Debian 1675 -1 Yes 1675
5 Debian 844 | 5 Mandriva 998 -4 | 5 Fedora 1297 -3
| 5 Ubuntu 1428 -3 Yes 1428
6 Knoppix 810 | 6 Debian 908 -1 | 6 Mageia 1171 *
| 6 Elementary 1288 +6 No 1288
7 Slackware 666 | 7 Puppy 836 +22 | 7 CentOS 1169 +5
| 7 Solus 1112 New No No
8 Gentoo 639 | 8 Sabayon 755 New | 8 Arch 1040 +2
| 8 Fedora 959 -3 No No
9 Ubuntu 566 | 9 PCLinuxOS 730 +5 | 9 Elementary 906 New
| 9 Zorin 928 +1 No 928
10 Damn Small 489 | 10 Arch 702 +12 | 10 Zorin 810 New
| 10 Deepin 878 +7 No 878
11 FreeBSD 398 | 11 Slackware 649 -4 | 11 LXLE 777 New
| 11 AntiX 782 +26 Yes 782
12 Yoper 363 | 12 CentOS 607 New | 12 Puppy 748 -5
| 12 KDE Neon 741 New No 741
13 Xandros 361 | 13 FreeBSD 521 -2 | 13 Kali 739 New
| 13 CentOS 705 -6 No No
14 PCLinuxOS 357 | 14 Tiny Core 492 New | 14 Lubuntu 730 New
| 14 OpenSUSE 15.1 704 -10 No No
15 Vine 289 | 15 MEPIS 472 -11 | 15 Android X86 697 New
| 15 PCLinuxOS 679 +1 No No
16 RedHat 282 | 16 Gentoo 439 -8 | 16 PCLinuxOS 662 -7
| 16 ArcoLinux 670 New No No
17 SLAX 273 | 17 Kubuntu 396 New | 17 Deepin 625 New
| 17 Pop!_OS 647 New No 647
18 Kanotix 252 | 18 Zenwalk 363 New | 18 Manjaro 591 New
| 18 Arch 615 -10 No No
19 Vector 219 | 19 Vector 345 +- | 19 FreeBSD 581 -6
| 19 Kali 488 -6 Yes 488
20 Gnoppix 207 | 20 Ultimate 339 New | 20 Bodhi 550 New
| 20 ReactOS 433 +22 Yes No
21 Feather 190 | 20 CrunchBang 339 New | 21 Robolinux 540 New
| 21 Mageia 432 -15 Yes No
Total 11660 Total 16455 Total 20753
Total 24521 15639

The 32bit column may be a bit misleading, as some distros whose latest
releases do include 32bit versions have announced future versions will
not include them. e.g. DW lists yes for Fedora, but that's for Fedora's
latest-1, out of support in 4 months, not latest, so I listed it as no.

64% of the top 21 distros are Debians (15639/24521), 74% of the top
10 (12981/17625), and 81% of the top 6 (11175/13748). Debian proper
support is expected through 2038 at least, and so at least some of
its derivatives.

I did not try to account for any name changes that I didn't already know
about. e.g. the former Mandrake/Connectiva/Mandriva dissolved into three
different distros that I'm aware of, with Mageia the apparent strongest
of the survivors.

There's nothing to make me want to leave, but if I was looking for a
distro, the abundance of obsolete or otherwise not up to date wiki pages
make openSUSE look to me like a dying distro. Traffic over the past year
or more on the support lists and forums seems to have gone way down. Only
two stepped up to become candidates for two expiring board positions. Are
we doing better than these observations make openSUSE look?
--
Evolution as taught in public schools is religion, not science.

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

Felix Miata *** http://fm.no-ip.com/
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