I'd still like to see Lubuntu at the top of that list.
You may see it climb higher, as those with XP computers has fewer choices. Lubuntu is seen a a decent replacement for that OS & hardware requirements are modest (Pentium 4 & M CPU's, as well as AMD K8 or higher). I need to test this on my nearly 12 year old IBM T42 with Pentium 740 M & ATI Radeon 7500 GPU & see if/how it runs.
EDIT: Downloading now!
Compared to Ubuntu, much lighter. As far as getting to the top of that list, it's going to be hard getting in the top two spots, unless both Mint & Ubuntu falls flat on their faces, I don't expect either distro to do this, yet who knows what could happen?
The sudo copy/paste security is a start, and you may see it tighten up over the course of a few releases, if that's what you're looking for.
Distribution ranking is often like "what's the hot shoe of the week", not always based on usefulness.
mremski, you have a valid point & we've seen distros rise & fall back in a short period of time. While I've not paid attention to a given distro, have seen this brought up in Topics, a new release (the 'hot shoe'), followed by a fast rise on DistroWatch, then gradually dropping back close to the same spot. It's also true that the ranking isn't based on the usefulness of a distro, rather downloads of one. If based on usefulness of distros, there's no telling how the rankings would look, though it certainly would be different.
While their ratings are not perfect, no other group has stood up & competed with DistroWatch, or at least on a long term basis, while at the same time, there are two or more ranking all OS's (in a bundle). Unfortunately that's not perfect either, as Microsoft knows the approximate time this takes place & will have all retailers (possibly via 3rd party) have all computers on the sales floors connected to the Internet with screen saver locked (keeping Windows above the 90% mark). Most of the rest of the time, the retailers are looking to conserve energy & will have these shut down or sleeping so that the sales force can show the computers upon request.
I'll say though, that I've never chose a distro based on rankings of any site or article, rather recommendations from other Linux users.
I believe that this security feature of Elementary may prove to be useful, and it may be some day that other distros will pick up on the idea, especially should Linux rise higher in the rankings. Anything designed for improved security on Linux OS's should be seen as progress, whether or not we agree with it today, there may come a time when more security is needed & this is as good of an idea as any. We have to start somewhere.
Edited by cat1092, 08 June 2015 - 10:46 PM.