I used to look at Distrowatch when I was searching for a distro I could live with. I used it more for the descriptions and links than the ranking. Needless to say, I haven't even looked at it for more than 10 years.
I don't pay much attention to it. Still it would be nice if Bodhi had a higher rank.
Found on the wayback machine, Jeff Hoogland, Posted on our old forum, 21 August 2017 - 02:33 AM:
As a point of reference distro watch ratings are essentially meaningless. They just measure how many clicks each distro gets on distrowatch's own website. I've even known smaller projects to try and manipulate the numbers on there by asking their users to click on their project once a day.
There are lots of reasons you could speculate as to why one desktop is popular and another isn't - but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter. People tend to just use what works for them and if they find that in something right away they generally just stop looking around. I wasn't content with XFCE, KDE, and others so I ended up at Enlightenment 17 and stuck with it to the point of forking it into what Moksha is today when the E team started changing things too much. I just want my desktop to do what I want it to do - which Moksha does. I could honestly care less if anyone else uses it. I don't work on this for other people - I work on it for myself.
Yea I can agree. After Bodhi releases I visit this web and see our rank. I can remember Bodhi was in top 20 some years ago. I wish we could be higher. It looks better and increases the users interest and reputation.
I should clarify on something... tried other distros live version via USB, then what was not needed deleted it. There was a few I did install over Bodhi for better look, but Bodhi was back on in minutes.
Also add, distrowatch still has alot of information regardless how you use or view it.
Distrowatch . . . . hummm . . . for me it is - meh - I mean it is OK. The rankings IMHO are meaningless. I think BL will catch on because: 1.) it is ubuntu based which gives it a solid foundation. 2.) and really most important - superior performance as in SNAPPY on old HW 3.) no bloat - the user gets to decide - super light
I am just a computer user no tech skills in terms of what goes into an OS. But I was not happy with Windows about the time Win 7 was released - had an old printer that was not supported anymore and supposedly needed to update Office and my PC was running really slow etc. and it all meant I needed to spend more $$$ on a new Windows PC or so the Big Box computer people told me. The husband of a family friend told me about linux but I thought that was a bridge too far so I signed up for a linux course at the local community college and learned how to install SuSe. It was a bit of a struggle at first but I had my old PC up and running and one of my classmates recommended Ubuntu and things got a lot easier. Finally at a wedding reception about 6 years ago I was talking to a banking IT security guy and he suggested Mint and I have been on LM ever since. At first I was like monkey with a machine gun at the mall just going crazy trying anything and everything . . . because I could and when I broke something well, I could always do a fresh install - yeah, and then I discovered VMs.
As time went on people would complain about their PC or laptops and I would mention linux and if they were interested I would install it for them - I have done this about 8 or 9 times for several people. A few times I was asked if I could install linux on really old rigs like this old MacBook. I tried all the usual suspects (Xunbuntu, Puppy, Pepermint etc.) and was never really happy. I even tried to strip down Debian but soon found I was waaaay over my head. Then I discovered BL actually on a site maintained by one of the LM forum members on how to tweak Mint and some ubuntu based distros including BL.
I just think when someone is looking for an OS to run on resource challenged rigs they don't want an OS with a lot of preinstalled software that they are never going to use - that is not a big deal on my AMD bulldozer 8 core 16Gb PC or i7 8Gb laptop but does not work for the older hardware. "Mostly ubuntu but a little lighter" for me was not the answer and the non-Debian/Ubuntu stuff is just way too difficult - but that is just me. So all that to say I think BL is on to something.