The popularity of Ubuntu, and the rise of it being the Linux distro to get in to (especially for new Linux users), has been steadily increasing over the years. When you think about Ubuntu (or any distro) having access to applications like Steam or Skype (and maybe Microsoft Office later this year or 2014) it makes you realize just how popular Linux has become. No longer is it for basement dwelling neckbeards, it has become a user-friendly OS that offers almost equal user experience as Windows or OSx. There is no doubt that Canonical (Ubuntu) is leading the charge in bring a Linux OS to the average, none computer literate, person.
I personally am not an Ubuntu user, I prefer to use Linux Mint (which obviously is closer to a straight up Ubuntu experience than not), but I have always followed Ubuntu and what they are doing in the FOSS world. I have always preferred Gnome to say KDE but what has really intrigued me is Unity. Between my love of System 76 and my excitement with Unity and where it may go (mind you, I have not had a lot of “hands on” time with Unity), I am very close to running an Ubuntu box.
My ThinkPad will probably always stay a Linux Mint machine and at this point I still do need a Windows box which is my Acer, but a System 76 does seem in the near future for me.
Saying all that, here is an article written by Matt Hartley, who is a writer over at Datamation and the co-host of the Linux Action Show, about why more people are choosing Ubuntu. It is a very good read and he does raise some very interesting points.
The link to the article is here so enjoy.