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Re: [Fwd: Fedora looses position in Germany]



SUSE has always been strong in Germany, and Mandrake has always been
strong in Europe in general (and has a reputation for being an Easy
Linux.)  I think that would explain the numbers, and if they only have
room for two distros, there's no room for a third player (which would
likely be Knoppix in Germany anyway).

--jeremy

On 8/3/05, Colin Charles <byte aeon com my> wrote:
> This is somewhat interesting - anyone care to post an analysis?
> 
> Seems we're unpopular in Germany, in-spite of FUDCon II being there?!?
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> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Claus Schwarm <c schwarm gmx net>
> To: marketing-list gnome org
> Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 14:08:40 +0200
> Subject: Fedora looses position in Germany
> 
> Hi!
> 
> I thought, some of you may find it interesting: Starting with
> the new edition 08/2005, Germany's magazine for Linux beginners called
> "EasyLinux" drops Fedora as a supported distribution. [1] (in german)
> 
> Rationale is an online poll about used distributions answered by 700
> participants: The results are as follows
> 
> Suse Linux         94,4 %
> Mandrake Linux     11,5 %
> Fedora Core         7,3 %
> Knoppix + Kanotix  27,3 %
> Ubuntu Linux       13,9 %
> Debian GNU/Linux    3,5 %
> Misc.               2,3 %
> 
> Numbers don't add up to 100% due to multiple choices.
> 
> 'Supported distribution' means that an article discussing software in
> the magazine needs tested packages for all supported distribution.
> 
> >From now on, this will be just SUSE and Mandriva. The addition of DEB
> packages is currently discussed.
> 
> To remove installation instructions from articles completely, EasyLinux
> started in 06/2005 to ship an additional DVD (sic!) to update the
> supported distributions. The usual CD for discussed software remains.
> The price for the magazine raised from 3,90 Euro to 5,50 Euro.
> 
> 
> My 2cts:
> 
> 1.) Linux beginners do know Knoppix, obviously. ;-)
> 
> 2.) Linux beginners still have problems installing third-party software,
>     and they need a journal to get started -- mailing lists discussions,
>     outdated informations on web sites, etc. makes google almost useless
>     for a beginner.
> 
> 2.) Maintainers of end user relevant applications such as Evolution,
>     Totem, Sound-Juicer, etc. may think about using and thus promoting
>     autopackage if that hasn't happend yet -- not for themselves but to
>     help GNOME's smaller FOSS ISV's.
> 
> Cheers,
> Claus
> 
> [1] http://www.easylinux.de/Artikel/ausgabe/2005/08/003-edi/
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