Linux distribution Ubuntu, conceived by SA Internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth, is winning the Linux wars, running rings around rivals such as Fedora and SuSE. That’s if the Google Trends website is to be believed.
Google Trends analyses a portion of Google Web searches and computes how many searches have been done for the terms entered, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. The company then produces a graph with the results — its search-volume graph — plotted on a linear scale.
The graph above clearly shows that since its release in 2004, Ubuntu has rapidly overtaken Linux distributions Mandriva, Fedora, Red Hat and SuSE in popularity.
Ubuntu’s corporate sponsor, Canonical, estimates that there are 6m PCs worldwide with the operating system installed.