The most popular desktop Linux is…

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A) Ubuntu, Cool PCLinuxOS, C) Fedora, D) openSUSE or E) None of the above?

The answer is: E) None of the above.

At this point, most of you are saying “What!” or perhaps guessing “Debian, Mint, SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop), gOS or some Chinese Linux that we don’t hear a lot about in English speaking countries?” Sorry, you’re still wrong.

OK, so what is the most popular Linux desktop on the planet?

It’s Xandros.

Yes, Xandros: The oldest, by way of its ancestor, 1999’s Corel Linux, but still one of the more obscure, desktop Linuxes. While I think Xandros is an outstanding Linux for Windows users, most Linux users barely know it exists. So, how the heck can I say that Xandros is the world’s most popular distribution?

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Grain of salt

The eWeek (Ziff Davis)-Xandros affinity leaves me cautious on this assessment.

Xandros is a Ballnux, mind you. Microsoft is paid money when you buy it.

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