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Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

Not a bad way to make an introduction for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6! This claim of "King of the Linux Hill" is sure to conjure some fuss and debate within the open source community. If the snippet below sparks your interest be sure to check out the full article ;)

(By Sean Michael Kerner, "On the eve of its next major release, the distro produces new figures showing that it's ahead of rivals in total users.

Counting Linux users is no easy task since there is typically no requirement for users to register their installations. Yet Linux distributions do try and count users in an attempt to quantify their user base and relative footprint in the operating systems space.

Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution has now tallied its user base, and it's a number that on the surface would make it the largest installed base of any Linux distribution, with at least 9.5 million users and possibly as many as 10.5 million. Fedora competitor Ubuntu Linux currently claims to have 8 million users.

The Fedora figures come out as the major players in Linux continue jockeying for position as the dominant vendor in the space, while also competing to make inroads against proprietary software. The news also comes as Frields and his team and ramping up to deliver their next release, Fedora 10, which is slated for Nov. 25th.

The counting methodology has the potential to overcount the same machine if the box has a dynamic IP address -- for instance, using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, or DHCP -- that could change over time."

Looks like they could turn that red hat into a red crown if irrefutable research confirms Red Hat Fedora to be number one. But imagine the arguably improbable embarrassment
of a definitive user count detroning the self-proclaimed ruler of the Linux realm - sure wouldn't want to work in their PR dept if that happened! How do you feel about Red Hat Fedora? Do you think it merits its alleged no.1 spot?

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