I see a lot of stats about Mint. What I know is this:
- We don't know the size of our user base.
- We seem to have as many users as Fedora or PCLinuxOS, more than Mandriva, less than OpenSUSE and far less than Debian or Ubuntu. (thanks to distrowatch awstats for that).
- Our user base doubled with the release of Daryna.
- Our user base was slowly going down after Hardy got released and is slowly going back up since we released the Elyssa RCs.
- About 10% of our user base runs KDE CE. (thanks to a poll on the Mint Connection blog)
- About 15% of our user base runs an Elyssa RC.
- About 80% of our user base runs Daryna.
- And everything we know, we're not sure of
We also know the geographical repartition of the user base, the most popular screen resolutions and a few other stats...
We also know that most of the people who get to know about Mint via the Net, come through Distrowatch and Google.
But the real question everybody is wondering about is how many people run Mint... and to be honest we don't have a clue. The last time I estimated it I was looking at 7% of the Linux desktop market... and even this is a wild guess. We can see stats go up and down and get a good idea of what the trends are, but since we don't know the proportion of the user base ending up in our stats ... we really don't have a clue.