Distrowatch and Zorin


I dont know if someone visiting distrowatch, but this is I think first place for new potential users, older users who looking for new distro.

For example, in last 7 days , trending for Zorin is :

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MX linux is always on first place, but Zorin is far far better.

We can keep that score even higher, just every day go on Distrowatch site, open Zorin page and that is it. Keep alive this beautiful distro.

I hope this topic is ok, if not mod delete it :slight_smile:
It is not cheating , just popularity :stuck_out_tongue:


I suspect that is happening because Distrowatch posted a review of the Zorin 16 release last week, and that sparked interest.

Now would be a good time to post a Distrowatch review of Zorin 16 (click on "Zorin" and it will take you to the right page, scroll down, or use this link), giving an honest appraisal. Good reviews might motivate "lookers" to become "users".


Yeah, I already posted a review.

But most of them looking just a # place..

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done also :slight_smile: new day, new visit :stuck_out_tongue:

Wait a second, I thought that Distrowatch uses the anonymously collected data that you can opt-in from the installer to show these metrics..... It's just page views? Oh wow....

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Yes, it is just page hit ( visit)

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Distrowatch cut over from third-party counters a few years ago because people were gaming the system, but Distrowatch counts just page hits, one distro-hit per day per IP:

The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics have attracted plenty of attention and feedback over the years. Originally, each distribution-specific page was pure HTML with a third-party counter at the bottom to monitor interest of visitors. In May 2004 the site switched from publicly viewable third-party counters to internal counters. This was prompted by a continuous abuse of the counters by a handful of undisciplined individuals who had confused DistroWatch with a poll station. The counters are no longer displayed on the individual distributions pages, but all visits are logged. Only one hit per IP address per day is counted.

The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions. They simply show the number of times a distribution page on DistroWatch.com was accessed each day, nothing more.


That's very good to know! Thanks for sharing your insight.

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Yeah, last I heard, Distrowatch was a site that curved favor, of certain distros over others. Once people realized it was not legit, people no longer took it seriously.

I mean, come on, everybody knows that Zorin OS 16, and POP OS 21.04, are where it's at. Nobody talks about MX Linux. So, I say, watch video reviews of what's popular.

Or just come here and we will tell you ourselves. Zorin, and POP lol.

I'm very curious... Why is MX Linux always at the top? Just a bunch of people wake up daily and are like ...it's time to do my part and they just keep doing it like an office job? :smiley:
I'm not getting the idea behind it.

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I think that it is a combination of (1) the "Great Mentioner" phenomenon -- Linux media almost always mention MX Linux among the "best" distros for beginners, Windows emigrants, Aunt Sally's dog, etc, so people checking into Distrowatch to learn more about distros are likely to click on MX Linux; (2) perceived popularity -- if a distro is listed at the top, people will check it out; and (3) general "buzz" -- notice how Zorin 16 jumped up the list immediately after Distrowatch and the media talked about the new version.

Keep in mind that Distrowatch rankings don't measure anything, really -- just page hits.

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I tried lot distros ( I really mean lot, with different DE) .

And if someone really wants stable, great distro, with great support , trusted source, then you have hm, 3-4 distros to use .
Btw, Ubuntu/debian based distro- best one is Zorin.

I am not saying that because I am here, I am saying that because I tried them. And used them for few days/weeks.

But everyone have different desires, requirements and preferences