mint flavors by popularity

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mint flavors by popularity

Post by cantfind » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:25 am

Hi, I was trying to find statistics on popularity of DE's in mint.
Does such statistic exist?

I think the best measure would be how many downloaded each flavor of mint 17+.

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Post by phd21 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:27 am

Hi "cantfind",

DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity

DistroWatch.com: Linux Mint
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
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Post by jimallyn » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:30 am

Somebody probably has that information. My guess would be that Cinnamon is the most popular, followed by MATE, with KDE and XFCE bring up the rear.
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Post by Habitual » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:50 am

cantfind wrote:Hi, I was trying to find statistics on popularity of DE's in mint.
Does such statistic exist?

I think the best measure would be how many downloaded each flavor of mint 17+.
Users by edition is one statistic.

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Post by cantfind » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:10 am

Community users by edition is the best so far, I guess it counts only registered community users?
I don't see why it would be a biased sample, so it might be good enough as a rough estimate.

Thanks!

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Post by Pjotr » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:12 am

Habitual wrote:Users by edition is one statistic.
Not a very good one... There are much more Linux Mint users. :)

Nevertheless, it may indeed give an insight into the relative proportions of the DE's.
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Post by Habitual » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:17 am

Pjotr wrote:
Habitual wrote:Users by edition is one statistic.
Not a very good one... There are much more Linux Mint users. :)

Nevertheless, it may indeed give an insight into the relative proportions of the DE's.
The point I was trying to make is that that info is not here, but there...
Somewhere not http://forums.linuxmint.com

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Post by Monsta » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:00 am

Well, we had this poll - but it was 3.5 years ago... :)

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Post by Habitual » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:05 am

Lies, damn lies, and statistics! :D

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Post by MtnDewManiac » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:53 pm

cantfind wrote:Hi, I was trying to find statistics on popularity of DE's in mint.
Does such statistic exist?

I think the best measure would be how many downloaded each flavor of mint 17+.
That'd be impossible. As there are multiple download locations, any one specific statistic would only be a (not precisely random) sampling.

Clem would have to add some sort of "phone home" routine to his distros that submitted which version/edition the user was using (possibly with some kind of unique identifier which was created somehow from a set of things so that each installed system would be counted - and, perhaps, with some kind of routine that allowed for "temporary installs by distro-hoppers / reviewers / et cetera" so that these installs wouldn't be counted). And I suspect that not every user would value the intrusion (even though it could be assumed to be harmless, lol). My guess is that he has ways to make... informed guesses about such statistics, but that's only a guess.

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Post by Hmfan » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:21 am

hmmm the telemetry data collection method... One of many things that Windows 10 gets a lot of flak for. probably not a good idea to even implement even a part of that.

Lets also consider that many people, myself included, tend to install more than one DE. We may start with MATE or Cinnamon, but we may end up with KDE, LXDE, LXQT, Fluxbox, XFCE, Enlightenment, or many others out there, all on the same system. So My system may have started as a Cinnamon but I run LXDE, would give the wrong kind of Data back because it would claim it's Cinnamon back to the main server. So at that point there would need to be an even larger amount of Data collected that says what programs are running, but at that point, you're no better off than Windows in terms of privacy.
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Re: mint flavors by popularity

Post by The Cysko Kid » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:43 pm

I use Cinnamon, KDE and MATE all on the same system. I tend to use them in frequency in that order. Cinnamon, KDE, and MATE.

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Post by eddier » Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:08 am

Regardless of popularity Mint by far has the best installer of all Linux versions.

It even manages to navigate my Gigabyte Mobo and its IOMMU gotcha.

My preference in order Xfce,Mate,KDE and cinnamon,the latter falling behind because the Menu is huge and over the top.

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Post by Moem » Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:11 am

The menu in Cinnamon is precisely as big as you want it to be.
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Post by Fred Barclay » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:12 am

I was chatting with Clem a few months back and for some reason or another he mentioned
clem wrote:<clem> so the Mint audience is primarily Cinnamon/MATE
<clem> our Xfce release is a good example, it's of very good quality yet it doesn't gather that many users
Not very precise--we need a new poll!--but Clem did confirm that Cinnamon and MATE are the more popular DEs.
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Post by Hoser Rob » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:38 am

Popularity statistics is a very poor way to choose a DE version, and installing multiple DEs is a bad idea propagated by beginners ... I don't know of any knowledgeable users who do it.

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Post by Pierre » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:47 am

there already some sort of "phone home" routine:
https://www.linuxmint.com/start/yourMINTversion/
does tell the Team what you are using -- until you change the start screen - that is.

which is then reflected:
Habitual wrote:Users by edition is one statistic.
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Post by MtnDewManiac » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:28 am

eddier wrote:Mint by far has the best installer of all Linux versions.
That's a pretty subjective observation. IDK about "best" - but Mandriva linux had an installer that was, at the very least, on par with Mint's... way back in 2001 (15 years ago!) when it was still called Mandrake.

Come to think of it... Yes, subjective or not, I think that one really was better. Bleeding edge (for the time) hardware detection, pleasant GUI, advanced options available yet still evidenced much effort in providing information(/education) along with a hand to hold for newbies, et cetera. It also presented an overview of what one could do with one's computer after installing that distro by suggesting packages based on what type of work the user wanted to do (sort of) and gave many folks their first look at the world of having many, many installable apps/files at their fingertips, IIRC.

2001. 15 years later, we still have people getting confused by the partitioning portion of Mint's installer. I assume that some people aren't still forced to manually uninstall the slideshow from it just to get through an installation, lofl... but there are still lots of improvements - that just haven't happened, yet.

Maybe 2016 will be the year. The year that Mint's installer really does become the best. Or at least better than one from another distro. That was current 15 years ago. In a distro that has since gone belly up, lol....

I'd hold my breath, but after the first 14 years of doing so, I started getting a little dizzy.

OtOH, it works. And I haven't pooched my current hard drive partitioning setup.

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