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    Here is my informal statistical research of linux distro reliabilty
    based on ratio of frequency hits via Google search of KEYWORDS
    with syntax:

    ratio expresses relative reliabilty of distros
    gentoo linux 875000/3550000=0.2464
    fedora core linux 667,000/2000000=0.3335
    ubuntu linux 267000/2290000=0.1166
    debian linux 3200000/11400000=0.2807
    slackware linux 563000/2920000=0.1928
    knoppix linux 227000/1820000=0.1247
    suse linux 2280000/9310000=0.2449
    mandrake linux 755000/4570000=0.1652
    windows 98 7520000/59300000=0.1268

    All things being equal this experiment can be considered scientific
    and accurate enough for analyzing end use satisfaction and reliability

    Ubuntu can be considered the most reliable and excellent in enduser satisfaction.

    *Win98 was included in the analysis but cannot be considered accurate or fair since statistically, linux users tend to post more often on the net and are poorly served by manufacturer's drivers and support.

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    Not 100% airtight but an interesting method nonetheless. A poll would probably be more accurate. Also, you forgot RedHat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbackwardz
    Not 100% airtight but an interesting method nonetheless.
    I agree. It is intersting but with some distros (like Gentoo for example), there is more done by hand and therefore there is likely more problems/questions.

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    what was the first distro you ever heard of?
    for me it was red hat, which is almost the same thing as fedora. if neone else agrees that they first heard of red hat, it may mean that all the noobs jump strait into red hat / fedora (as did I) and therefore resulted in a slightly higher ratio. one last thing to worry about. i just did the same test windows and got the ratios for xp, 2000, me, 98, and 95 in order: .14, .18, .27, .13, .2
    so i got curious just cause i hate to c windows doing better than linux, so i went thru the first 20 of each link. from what i found the windows problems were much more serious, and i made a somewhat vague separating line and determined that 14/20 of the windows problems were serious. whist 18/20 of the linux problems were just general inquiries asked like noobs like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalani
    Here is my informal statistical research of linux distro reliabilty
    based on ratio of frequency hits via Google search of KEYWORDS
    with syntax:
    And those of us that do a quick search on Google because the individual who has asked the question is too lazy to do the same? The numbers will not reflect the accurate use of the distribution.
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    That Windows 98 score has to make you wonder what effect marketing might have on the results. I'd think that at some point number of advertisements (distributor, reseller, copy/paste "review"/advertising scam, or even gossip) proportionally surpasses the number of users it recruits, and thus the number of problems resulting. Or am I missing something else more obvious that might cause this? Because, uhh... does anyone here actually think Win98 is more reliable than Debian?

    Maybe it's that users are more active in development in OSS. A corrolation of that would be higher scores (higher as in better) for commercial distributions like Libranet, Linspire, and Xandros.

    Arch .1589
    Linspire .1786
    Libranet .4740
    Xandros .0909
    Lycoris .1438

    I don't think it's accurate enough to form any hypothesis on that.

    Some other difficulties, distributions that refer to themselves with 'Linux' in their name, like Arch and Debian, likely alter their score.

    Maybe you need to include, in addition to 'problems'; 'issue', 'difficulty', 'complication', 'quandary', 'conundrum', and 'bugaboo'. get the point.

    And again, a distribution which starts you off with a base console prompt and a package manager is going to have a lot more "problems" than one which boots you into a fully configured desktop environment.

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    where do ya get the time to do stuff like this

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    Maybe you need to include, in addition to 'problems'; 'issue', 'difficulty', 'complication', 'quandary', 'conundrum', and 'bugaboo'
    You have to understand that this method is relative not qualitative. ie it's accuracy is based on a comparison of similar though different items- in this case Linux distros. The word 'problem' is as likely to be used by any distro user as another. As long as all queries are done with the same keywords except the distro name.

    It's true that hand built Linux distros will not fare well in this test then 'commercial' desktop distros like Mandrake or Linspire. That's the whole point: ease of use and reliability (less frequent 'problems') will be apparent from these results.

    caveat emptor

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    the first thing a stat class teaches you is that if you gather data improberly (basicly anything but an SRS) then your conclusions well be wrong. as seen by this

    I did the same thing but decided to use "bugs" instead of "problems" just because.

    microsoft 0.03
    windows 0.05
    fedora 0.11
    slackware 0.15
    mandrake 0.15
    debian 0.2
    knoppix 0.2
    redhat 0.21
    suse 0.21
    gentoo 0.24
    ubuntu 0.25

    notice how windows, fedora, and mandrake are near the top (notice how fedora is near the top but redhat is not)

    this is because the search "windows" found windows os and windows (glass), fedora = hat , mandrake = plant, and harry potter refrence

    but the biggest problem whould be all the pages that have a small program that includes the text "works on windows 98/xp" but no complains becuase they would like you to think their product is perfect.

    this is my guess as to why windows has "fewer bugs" then every linux distro

    but nice effort

    edit: ya I know that you but linux after every one (I'm assuming that you have AND in there as well) but you did but "fedora core" instead of "fedora" which is likely to decrease the number of "user" pages instead of offical pages which include know problems etc.

    any way I was just point out WHY windows scored so high

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    Most Windows users wouldn't have the wit to use Google to figure out problems - they'd go to a computer store, or phone Micro$oft.

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