I was messing with Distrowatch today before class and decided to see how everyone was doing at different time frames. Then something hit me, within the last 7 days there has been a very close call be Ubuntu (#1) and PCLinuxOS (#2). What I thought was Kool was the fact that there is a KDE distribution up there kicking stones with Ubuntu.
I think the reason for PCLinuxOS’s popularity lies within all of the non-free multimedia codes install by default. It may look like Windows 95 out of the box, but people are downloading it and using it like mad. I have noticed a few people using it at our LUG events. They all said the same thing, they didn’t have to worry about !Restricted Formats, it had Beryl out of the box, and of course it is a combination of KDE and Debian 🙂 I may not agree with the entire PCLinuxOS gig, but I have to give it to them for drawing in many new KDE users. Now maybe these new KDE users will decide that they want to live FREE, enjoy the color purple, and love being chased around by someone from the down-undah with a long pointy stick 🙂