Saturday, August 11, 2012

ubuntu DE usage

Over at Ubuntu Vibes, there's a post with some interesting stats on Ubuntu desktop environment usage, compiled from Ubuntu Popularity Contest stats. Here's a link:

The stats don't tell the whole story. For one thing, as the post's author notes:

Not all Ubuntu users have popularity-contest enabled. It's disabled by default and most Ubuntu users have likely never heard of it. So this will not show a true picture of DE usage on Ubuntu. Also the results may not be 100% accurate.

The author also mentions other factors that should be considered when looking at the data; read the entire article, and also check out the comments that follow.

In any case, here's the table that appears at that web page:

DEPackage NameTotal UsersRecent Users (used in last 30 days)
Classic Gnomegnome-panel1527309 (59.96%)62875 (28.24%)
Unityunity397130 (15.59%)71106 (31.94%)
KDEkdesktop237579 (9.32%)50369 (22.62%)
XFCExfce4-panel238688 (9.37%)10165 (4.56%)
Gnome Shellgnome-shell106107 (4.16%)24626 (11.06%)
LXDElxde-common29589 (1.16%)1375 (0.61%)
E17e1710696 (0.41%)2076 (0.93%)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it doesn't show usage for Openbox, which is a window manager that I often use in Ubuntu.

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