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[News] Comparisons Between GNU/Linux Distributions Based on Torrents and Other Means

  • Subject: [News] Comparisons Between GNU/Linux Distributions Based on Torrents and Other Means
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 10:12:16 +0100
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Measuring the popularity of distros â Part 3 Torrents

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| Continuing on with the theme of measuring 
| the popularity of Linux distros, today 
| weâll go for another method. Linux Tracker 
| is a website that provides a bit torrent 
| tracker for various Linux distros and 
| related projects.
| Another way of measuring popularity is to 
| look at the number of seeders and leechers 
| a torrent has (the number of people 
| uploading/downloading the torrent at that 
| moment) and the number of downloads it has 
| had.
| While the only takes a smaller fraction of 
| the downloads, as most people prefer to use 
| HTTP downloads. These will also cater to 
| the slightly more technically aware, as 
| downloading via bit torrent is not quite as 
| simple as downloading via HTTP. Another 
| issue is that it is possible (and 
| encouraged) for one person to be seeding 
| multiple torrents at once, so someone could 
| be seeding every single Ubuntu torrent on 
| the site, even though it is only 1 user. 
| Conversely someone could have downloaded 
| the disc straight and then not seeded it at 
| all. Projects with lots of DVDs/CDs (such 
| as Ubuntu and Debian) will have more 
| seeders together than a project with only 1 
| or 2 CDs.


The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard (Part 2) 

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| Remember, there is no wrong choice. 
| Whatever distro suits you best is the right 
| one for you, so if you're happy with a 
| distro that didn't get a high score (or 
| isn't listed here) that's OK. It's 
| impossible to objectively say "this 
| distribution is the best one, period." The 
| goal here is to set out a roadmap for new 
| Linux users or experienced Linux users that 
| may not be fully happy with their current 
| distro.



Ubuntu vs. Fedora: The Latest Versions Square Off

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| Ubuntu regularly claims to be the most
| popular Linux distribution. But, if so,
| Fedora is a competitive second. Both have
| thriving communities and are a major
| source of free and open source software
| innovation.
| Regularly, you can read on mailing lists
| of users having grown discontented with
| one and deciding to migrate to the other.
| In many users' minds, each is an
| alternative to the other.
| [...]
| Both Fedora and Ubuntu are GNOME-centered
| distributions, with KDE, Xfce, and other
| desktops as alternatives. Fedora has
| included fresh art for each new release
| for several years now, so its wallpaper
| compares favorably with Ubuntu's much-
| discussed new color-coded scheme.

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