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Trendspotting: “The Amiga Line”

I have been playing with Google Trends, which will be happy to generate a pretty graph of keyword frequency over time. A rough gauge to the relative popularity of various things. This evening, I was riffing off a post from the Royal Pingdom, regarding the relative popularity of Ubuntu and Vista, among other things.

I got started graphing various Linux distributions against each other, XP versus Vista, and trying to figure out the best keyword for OS X. Then, I wondered about FreeBSD. Against Ubuntu, it was a flatline. So, I asked myself: what is the threshold for a dead or dying Operating System?

Amiga vs FreeBSD:
Google Trends: Amiga versus FreeBSD

Ouch! Can we get deader?

Amiga vs FreeBSD vs BeOS:
Google Trends: Amiga versus FreeBSD versus BeOS

To be fair, the cult of Amiga is still strong . . . BeOS is well and truly dead. But how do the BSDs fare?

Amiga vs FreeBSD vs BeOS vs NetBSD vs OpenBSD:
Google Trends: *BSD versus Amiga, BeOS

NetBSD has been sleeping with the BeOS fishes for a while, and OpenBSD is on its way. And that’s a league below Amiga!

In Red Hat land, only Fedora beats “the Amiga Line”. For Unix in general, nothing stops the Ubuntu juggernaut. But there’s a long way to go to catch up with Uncle Bill.

(Yes, it is a rainy night and the girlfriend is out of town.)

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  • Mike

    How did you used the search terms exactly?
    Because Amiga means “girl friend” (not girlfriend) in spanish… can this tamper the results a little bit?

  • Mike,

    I think Google tries to filter by language, but I guess that is imperfect, and that helps explain why Amiga’s popularity seems so much higher than like, BeOS. That said, I imagine that Spanish-language interest in friends remains fairly constant . . .

    No, this is hardly a scientific survey. :)


  • nix_user

    Well, here is a search that might be a little more interesting:

    Ubuntu, Windows XP, FreeBSD, Windows, XP
    Ubuntu problems, Windows XP problems, FreeBSD problems, Windows Problems, XP Problems

    Sometimes not even being on the radar may be a good thing. Just a different perspective.

    Disclaimer: BSD user stuck on an Ubuntu laptop; using Fluxbox.