Comparing distros in this fashion is an inexact science, but the figures suggest that the popularity of Redhat is in freefall, with no sign of a recovery in sight. In contrast, Fedora (Redhat’s open source little brother) and Debian appear to be thriving, and newcomer Mandriva has made significant gains in a mere 18 months.
So, how can Redhat arrest this apparent decline? The acquisition of JBoss was a smart move, but it’s debatable whether this will encourage a greater interest in Redhat. In contrast, there’s a real buzz around many of the alternatives, and the proliferation of live CDs (an initiative Redhat have yet to implement) will only serve to encourage installations.
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