Popularity Of Linux Distributions

Global popularity of the different Linux distributions

As mentioned in the introduction, we looked at eight common distributions: Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Red Hat, Mandriva, Slackware and Gentoo.

Some interesting observations
  • Ubuntu is most popular in Italy and Cuba.
  • OpenSUSE is most popular in Russia and the Czech Republic.
  • Red Hat is most popular in Bangladesh and Nepal.
  • Debian is most popular in Cuba.
  • Cuba is in the top five (interest-wise) of three of the eight distributions in this survey.
  • Indonesia is in the top five of four of the distributions.
  • Russia and the Czech Republic are in the top five of five of the distributions.
  • The United States is not in the top five of any of the distributions.

Note again that when we say “popular” here, we mean how popular the search term is. After all, this is based on Google search data.

It might also be worth pointing out that the results are normalized, so the size of each region is removed as a factor. In other words, everything is in proportion to the size of the region (the total number of searches in that region, we assume). That means that larger regions are not favored over small, as would be the case otherwise.

Now on to the results for the individual Linux distributions.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu popularity map

Countries with highest interest in Ubuntu:

  1. Italy
  2. Cuba
  3. Indonesia
  4. Norway
  5. Czech Republic

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Ubuntu here.

OpenSUSE

Countries with highest interest in OpenSUSE:

  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Moldova
  4. Germany
  5. Indonesia

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for OpenSUSE here.

Fedora

Countries with highest interest in Fedora:

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Bangladesh
  3. India
  4. Nepal
  5. Zimbabwe

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Fedora here.

Debian

Countries with highest interest in Debian:

  1. Cuba
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Germany
  4. Belarus
  5. Russia

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Debian here.

Red Hat

Countries with highest interest in Red Hat:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Nepal
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. India
  5. Cuba

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Red Hat here.

Mandriva

Countries with highest interest in Mandriva:

  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Poland
  4. France
  5. Indonesia

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Mandriva here.

Slackware

Countries with highest interest in Slackware:

  1. Bulgaria
  2. Indonesia
  3. Brazil
  4. Russia
  5. Poland

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Slackware here.

Gentoo

Countries with highest interest in Gentoo:

  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Belarus
  4. Moldova
  5. Estonia

Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Gentoo here.