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Time for yet another peek at the most insignificant chart of top hits ever. Yeah, right, the DistroWatch charts. We all know it’s shit and doesn’t have any resemblence with the real life installation figures out there in kompuda land. Still the DW chart has something to tell us, us, the wise and knowing. And in more than just one aspect.
But first, before I geek out, let’s have the actual promised lookseewatchee:
Oké, as you can see I narrowed the list down to the Top 3 listed distros. And there hasn’t been any changes in aeons. I guess when Manjaro was pushed from #1 to #2 the Rolling Stones were still young men. What I’m asking is why. Why the fuk is MX on #1 and how does it stay up there?
Remember when the recent version of MX came around, Orca was reasonably cool with it. Particularly since the original Debian 10 turned out rather nasty and unfriendly towards its users. It’s almost as if Debian gives the finger to the united housewives of Linux and kicks us out of the elite club. And MX capitalized on that fact and suddenly was the friendly, the manageable Debian. 😉
Ok so be it.
But then I found out that MX was also rather a one-trick pony and thumbed it down in my assessment. Same happened to Karmi. After initially being over the moon happy with MX he revised his POV and kicked it off his Personal Top 10 list.
That’s 2:0. So why the fuk is MX still on the number one spot on DistroWatch? Why does nobody listen to us?
Mint was also a former #1 but was released by Manjaro and then by MX. But don’t worry, frens, this has nothing to do with Mint’s qualities as a Linux distro. It’s just that Mint is one of the silent distros, the devs are just quietly working, day in day out, without delivering many surprises or fukups or scandals. Project lead Clement Levebrve is famous for not giving any interviews and only conveys as much info as we, the users, need to know.
Apart from that does Mint work like clockwork, reliable and stable, and steadily getting better with each new version.
Manjaro and MX are competely different in that aspect, Manjaro even more in the limelight than MX. And again I wonder how come that a lame-ass Debian-based distro ranks higher than highly fashionable and punky Manjaro?
All that shouldn’t be your concern. Auntie Orcsi knew why she recommended the Minty goodness to you. And it’s friendly and easy to use, no? Okay, cool. As long as you know the world doesn’t start and end with Mint and there is a whole universe of more or less good and servicable Linux distros waiting for you to explore them. Do yourself a favour and stay curious. Try MX for yourself and see why it’s shit. Or make your hands dirty by installing Debian. Or, best case scenario: Install Manjaro (it is even available with Cinnamon desktop!) and become a ArchLinux freak.
But don’t become lame Ubuntu users who don’t even know how many much better systems they could rock instead of the same old same old Ubu crap.