Ubuntu vs Leopard vs Vista

This post is courtesy Google Trends. I just love it. This isn't a sudden awakening to the Google tool that has been out for long. But yeah, the implementation just impressed me absolutely. We have all been subjected to the intense drama of the face-off among the three big-wigs in the OS world. For all the morons who are still wondering, I'm talking about Ubuntu's Gutsy-Gibbon, Apple's Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, and Windows' successor of XP,Vista. Now, people may argue that the Leopard has been sucking all the eyeballs, internet spaces on blogs, forum discussions and well search engine keyowrds as well. But the Google Trends comparison actually gives a startling eye-opener. Have a look at the graph below. The figures are of the last month,ie Oct-15th to Nov 15th 2007.(The figures before that aren't much different either.)

A region wise ,city wise, and a language wise comparison of the search trends.

The region-wise comparison strengthens the point here . That people across the globe, irrespective of the language,region or city they live in, have been searching more on the Net(read Google) about Vista than any of the other two rivals. Like it, or hate it, you just can't ignore it.

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September 16, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Hi. First of all, I'm a windows user, but I'm very curious to know about other systems.

I'd just like to say that, if I'm not wrong, these statics are only about how much people search for each OS on google.

This is not representative of anything but that. You don' know if they are searching about Windows Vista because they love it or because they're trying to solve problems or bugs with it.

When I can't solve a problem in my computer the first thing I do is Google "Windows XP memory problem" (for example) or something like that.

So, like it or not, as you said, we don't really know WHY people looks for Windows Vista more than for the others. Is it because they love it?

I just say... we don't know...