Google Trends indicates that Ubuntu and Linux Mint are both the most popular.
Google Trends further indicates that MX Linux is gaining in interest/popularity at a level ALMOST equal to Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Simply fill in the words "Ubuntu", "Linux Mint" and "MX Linux" yourself in Google Trends.
While Distro Watch might not be the most reliable source of information to conclude what is the most visited site, I guess that Google Trends is less easy to manipulate.
I started this very post. I LOVE LinuxMint as the best Linux OS out there. I really do. Even after trying out MX Linux for a second time, I still do believe Linux Mint is the best, user friendly Linux OS available. I was simply wondering WHY MX Linux has gained so much interest lately. And MX Linux DOES HAVE 1 particular great feature that Linux Mint does not have: Live usb persistence and the possibility to create a personal ISO of your OS, which you can give to friends and family on a cheap usb stick. PLUG AND PLAY.
OSDisc.com has closed shops. As of now it is no longer possible to refer to this great Linux support site any longer. But MX Linux DOES provide this possibility to give a (customized) Linux OS to your friends on an affordable, cheap usb stick. My wish is that in some way, Linux Mint will pick up on this great feature. I can only see good things come from this comparison.
I must point to the fact that very few contributors to this post mention any reasons WHAT makes MX Linux different from Linux Mint or Ubuntu. That was the reason why I started this post. WHY has MX Linux gained ( a perceived) interest/popularity?
I would love to gear/stear this post towards DIFFERENCES people have EXPERIENCED between using MX Linux and Linux Mint/Ubuntu. There arent't many differences. There really arent. But there are some. Are those FEW differences enough to convince people to wanna try out an entirely new Linux OS? I did try MX Linxu and I found exactly 2 differences that made me wanna continue to use it as an alternative:
1: The Usb Live Persistence option and the ISO option, with which one can actually create it's own customized OS ISO, which is UNIQUE!
2: A lightweight, battery power efficient OS. Although Linux Mint Xfce/Mate could be used as an alternative as well. There isnt much difference in battery power efficiency between several lightweight Linux Oses, although MX Linux is one of the best battery power efficient Linux OSes, while simultaneously MX LInux is still providing users with popular sofware.
I have listened to a Youtube review about MX Linux. It stated that the reason why MX Linux gained interest was because of the fact that certain Linux users were no longer satisfied with Manjaro. This is not a negative Linux Mint post. It is MERELY TRYING to figure out what are SOME of the features that make other Linux distributions (like MX Linux) interesting....