I bumped into this blogpost by accident. It suggests that the release quality has been going down for every new release of Ubuntu ( as shown in the graphs ). They come to that conclusion by using the polls on the forums that ask how smooth your install of Ubuntu was. Personally I have seen a lot of users around me that really start getting into Linux just because each release has become more usable and stable. More hardware is supported, more features are in the provided apps.

Sure, it can be that I’m mistaken and release quality is going down the drain. Or it can be that more and more users start using Ubuntu. And it’s mostly the users that are already having problems that come to the forums to look for answers and vote on those polls. Most users don’t start searching through forums when everything works out of the box..

Statistics always show what the creator wants you to see 😉