Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users Even Before Lucid Lynx, But on What Basis?
By on April 8th, 2010

Canonical is gearing up for the release of its latest OS, the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. This release of Ubuntu will mark a major overhaul in design, features and boot time.

At a strategic time just before the release of its Lucid Lynx, Canonical has released data relating to the number of Ubuntu users worldwide. This report estimates Ubuntu users at 12 million. That is a major 50% increase over the last 18 months.

Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical said,

We have no phone home or registration process, so it’s always a guesstimate. But based on the same methodology that we came up with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it’s somewhere north of 12 million users at the moment.

This is not even close to Fedora’s claims of its desktop installation user base of 24 million. The new Ubuntu marks a milestone with its LTS release. This release will be supported for the next three years.

Though, there are two worries here.

Firstly, how exactly are those estimates made? How does Canonical calculate its Ubuntu user? Which specific service in Ubuntu is used to do this? This will help us estimate the error margin in the calculation.

Secondly,  isn’t Ubuntu the most popular Linux distro? How comes Fedora has not even a close number, but exactly double of Ubuntu Linux users?

You must see an interesting discussion topic at Slashdot and a post at Linuxplanet giving more info on this.

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Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
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