According to DistroWatch, MX Linux received most of the hits and seems to be the most popular Linux distribution at the moment.

When I saw this, I was pretty surprised. What do you think?


Isn’t this data solely gathered from the people that visit their website?

According to the steam hardware survey, the most popular distros are Ubuntu and Arch, which seems a lot more probable…


Yup this is probably closer to the truth. Distrowatch literally just counts page hits.


Still somewhat surprising that MX Linux got the most page hits.


Is MX Linux used for embedded/server applications? If it is, I wonder how many of those recorded instances are VPNs.


According to the steam hardware survey, the most popular distros are Ubuntu and Arch

I expected as much, though that only accounts for desktop users. If you factor in server distros, it’ll probably be Ubuntu and CentOS.


my husband is a computer technician and he always installs either ubuntu (for newer hardware) or mx linux on people’s computer when they need something other than the previous pirate copy of windows.

(also husband uses mx himself.)

i don’t like mx linux because i like tweaking with everything and mx makes it a bit too complicated to do so. but then it’s a pretty good option for people that don’t want to think about their OS much and just want to use the browser and the text editor, which is actually what most normal people do >.< and it’s lightweight enough to run on most computers, so that’s a plus for an ‘underdeveloped’ country, as /u/ajz said, such as mine.

so maybe there’s something in that: mx linux might be popular among non-tech people in non-tech places?


You could also say MX Linux is the distribution that seems to game distrowatch. Just compare the size of the respective distro subreddits and you’ll see there’s something fishy with these stats.


I think you can say that MX Linux is trending/popular on the Distrowatch website but that does not give reasonably fair numbers about Linux distro usage worldwide. Also, I can imagine Intranets without Internet and Linux users in “underdeveloped” countries with no or barely any Internet, which makes counting Linux usage more difficult. And for the record I’ve tried MX Linux briefly a few months ago, was not hugely impressed, and continued hopping to other options for testing and using. I’d like to test ElementaryOS and see whether it is really an interesting choice for a broad audience.


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