Monthly Stats – August 2009

Donations & Sponsorships:

Many thanks to the following donors and sponsors for financially supporting Linux Mint:


  • $163, Adnan Z. (Germany)
  • $120, Nicolas B. (Germany)
  • $102, James Marsh (Australia) –
  • $100, Micah Gravel aka “micahman” (USA)
  • $74 (2nd donation), David F. (Ireland)
  • $74, Badr R. (France)
  • $74, Matthias R. (France)
  • $60, Jim Duffield aka “sapperk9” (Australia)
  • $50, Andreas Rumpenhorst (Germany)
  • $50, James Donaldson (USA)
  • $50, Robert D. (United Kingdom)
  • $50, William G. (USA)
  • $50, Stefano Candotti aka “Stevewonder” (Italy)
  • $50, Eric Pate (USA) –
  • $50, Billy S. (USA)
  • $50, Andre D. (USA)
  • $44 (2nd donation), Wolfgang P. (Austria)
  • $44, Francisco C. C. (Spain)
  • $37, Thomas G. (Germany)
  • $37, Bernhard M. (Germany)
  • $30, Mark O’D. (World)
  • $30, David C. (USA)
  • $28, Pau Carre Cardona (Spain)
  • $27, Jeffrey K. (USA)
  • $25, Gavin Engel (USA)
  • $25, Ed D. (USA)
  • $25, Clifton Rhodes (USA)
  • $25, Sudheer S. (United Kingdom)
  • $25, Paul Bary (USA)
  • $20 (2nd donation), Dan B. (USA)
  • $20, Dalibor Saula (Australia)
  • $20, Amiel H. (Australia)
  • $20, Sven S. (Australia)
  • $20, David Brown (Canada)
  • $20, Jonathan P. (USA)
  • $20, Winston G. (USA)
  • $16, John B. (United Kingdom)
  • $15, Matthew G. (USA)
  • $15, Slavoljub M. (Norway)
  • $15, Paul George (United Kingdom) –
  • $14, Patrick Baumann (Germany)
  • $14, Iain G. (United Kingdom)
  • $14, L G DE L. (Netherlands)
  • $14, Charl P. (Netherlands)
  • $14, Claudio Gabriele N. (Italy)
  • $14, Bruno M. (Italy)
  • $14, Joseph W. (United Kingdom)
  • $14, Gunter D. (Austria)
  • $13.13, Mac C. (USA)
  • $11, aka “rmbw” (Germany) –
  • $10 (2nd donation), Richard G. (USA)
  • $10, Henry W. (USA)
  • $10, Dmitry O. (Russia)
  • $10, Ludovic G. aka “Lewdsquirrel” (Canada)
  • $10, Kevin M. (USA)
  • $10, Tom Perry (United Kingdom) –
  • $10, Ralph N. (USA)
  • $10, Bob H. (Australia)
  • $10, Christopher G. (USA)
  • $10, Anthony N. (United Kingdom)
  • $10, Steinar M. (Norway)
  • $10, Donald D’A. (USA)
  • $10, MuddBuddha (USA) –
  • $10, John P. (Australia)
  • $10, Marcel P. (Canada)
  • $10, Chaitanya K aka “thegoodmelon” (India)
  • $10, Krzysztof J. (USA)
  • $10, Gabriel S. (World)
  • $7, Geoffroy M. (Canada)
  • $7, Marcus Wikstrom aka “mece” (Finland) –
  • $5 (2nd donation), Matthew O. (Ireland)
  • $5, Malcolm B. (USA)
  • $5, Francesco Coiro (Italy)
  • $5, Apollo V. Melo aka “teflashfire” (USA) –
  • $5, Doug Berch (USA) –
  • $5, Venkatesh B. (United Kingdom)
  • $5, Helen J. (United Kingdom)
  • $5, Peter Hope-Tindall aka “hopetindall” (Canada)
  • $5, Brandon P. (USA)
  • $4, Johan T. (Sweden)
  • $2, Remy van Elst (Netherlands) –
  • $2, PartEase (USA) –
  • $1, Viktor Semenovskiy (Russia) –
  • $1, Pierre G. (Belgium)


Money raised in August:

* Donations: $2162.13 (85 donors)
* Sponsors: $775.5 (42 sponsors)

User Stats:

Repartition of Linux Mint users across releases:

  • Linux Mint 7 Gloria: 75% (+7%)
  • Linux Mint 6 Felicia: 15% (-5%)
  • Linux Mint 5 Elyssa LTS: 7% (-1%)
  • Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna: 3% (-1%)

Web Stats:

  • Visits: 1,874,462 (+12%)
  • Pageviews: 3,341,385 (+10%)
  • Page impressions: 1,381,550
  • Search queries: 4,131,663
  • Forum users:20,272
  • Forum posts:175,325


  • Distrowatch (popularity ranking): 1279 (3rd)
  • Distrowatch (traffic share): 4.2% (2nd)
  • Alexa (website ranking): 28,272nd



  • August 2009 was the (6th consecutive) best month ever since the creation of Linux Mint.
  • The overall income is up 24%.
  • Our user base is the second largest in the desktop Linux market.
  • The community support is outstanding: 85 people donated last month for a total of $2162 and our sponsors raised $775.


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  2. I have a questino about User Stats.
    How do you know the number of users per distribution ?

    Thanks! and keep the good things coming.

  3. Hernan: We don’t know the numbers, we know the percentage. We can see the hits on the start pages and assume that the percentage of people still using the default start page is the same among releases. From these metrics we get a very precise idea of what percentage of Mint users use each release. As for the distributions, there are a lot of metrics. My personal favorite, and IMHO the most accurate is the Web stats given by Distrowatch: Again it’s not about the numbers, it’s about the comparison between them. For instance, if you assume that SUSE users visit Distrowatch as often as Mint users these figures tell you our user base is between 2 and 3 times bigger than theirs. Because of the nature of what we do, the fact that’s it’s freely available and that people don’t need to register any information we’re unable to estimate the amount of users we have. Some distributions did, and I personally think they shouldn’t. Having said that it’s extremely easy to measure the relative growth of our project or the relative size of our success compared to those of other projects, we just need to look at metrics over time or across projects and compare them side by side.

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  5. I had grown sick to death of sitting in front of Vista, watching a blue circle spin round, and waiting for something to happen. Last week, I resolved to do something about it. I’d read about Linux Mint and decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did, since I’m utterly amazed by it ! My Windows nightmare is over at last (my copies of Microsoft’s operating systems have gone into the bin – the real one), and using my computer has become a real pleasure, rather than the blood-pressure raising ordeal Vista had been putting me through since last Christmas.
    Many thanks to you all for making me a very happy man.

  6. This is fantastic news! I’m glad Mint is taking off and fast becoming one of the most popular distributions. Great job to all involved in this project, as well as the rest of the Mint-based projects. Keep up the good work, guys and girls!

  7. Ahh, Vista isn’t a bad OS. There are just better ones. On this machine, Vista occupies 37% of 4GB RAM at idle. Mint sits at 11% with all the effects cranked to the roof. Response times are better, web is faster, codecs aren’t an issue and the list goes on. So who is sillier, MS for pushing out a bad product, or the bulk of the planet for jumping on the bandwagon. If they can’t think they shouldn’t be allowed to complain.

    I’m an OpenSuSE user. It handles my mail server, LDAP, Game Servers and Webserver. But that’s what OpenSuSE is best at, and that’s not where MINT is aimed at. MINT is without a doubt (in my mind) the best home desktop OS available. It has won accolades for being the best “new to linux” desktop.

    Just my thoughts, thanx for reading


  8. I was a happy Mint user until you guys took a political stand visa vis the middle east. I do not support politics having anything to do with what you do. I might have even agreed with you in part, but I will never use Linux Mint again.

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