There is a Linux web sites that "follow" the progress Linux distribution called Distrowatch.
and although the statistics presented in Distrowatch may be "questionable" (as well as the webmaster of a website is said), it is worth having a look at the popularity of "big" distributions in recent years.
Linux Commands Training Tips: Understanding the changes in "world" distribution will help you to understand that it is better to focus on the propensity of Linux commands that are common to all distributions is much better than learning all that is specific to only one version -. as you learn the GUI utilities that run only one version of
Distrowatch statistics for some of the major Linux distributions in recent years:
According to Distrowatch, Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrake) is # 1 for 2002, 2003 and 2004. And Ubuntu is # 1 for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008!
In addition, Linux Mandrake (recently renamed to "Mandriva"), was # 1 for 2002, 2003, 2004 and # 2 (like Mandriva) in 2005, but not in the first three!
Notice how easy and fast Linux distribution - even a very popular distribution - to come off the popularity of
Red Hat Linux is # 2 for 2002 and 2003, but has not appeared in the first quarter of 2003!
Again, it is important to bear in mind that even one of the most popular Linux distros, Red Hat Linux, has come down dramatically in popularity!
A Gentoo is # 3 in 2002, but has not appeared in the first three.
Here are the names of other Linux distributions that are either # 2 # 3 since 2002.: Gentoo, Knoppix, Fedora, SUSE and openSUSE
So, as you can see - a Linux distribution to come - and more imminent
Linux Commands Training Tips: Mandrake (less Linux distribution) is very popular for a while and was derived from Red Hat Linux (main distribution) and is very similar to Red Hat .
Knoppix Linux (smaller Linux distributions) is a "live" distribution which is derived from Debian (main distribution) and is similar to this version.
Ubuntu Linux is free (in all senses of the word) and became very popular as desktop systems and server systems.