This is interesting info, although not surprising.
Note where Gentoo ranks relative to Ubuntu based distributions:
According to DesktopLinux.com’s just completed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the past year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.
You can read the whole article here: http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS8454912761.html
You may also be interested in observations on the recommendation patterns of tech savvy users, as discussed in my post here and the important of familiarity in expanding desktop Linux adoption.
Or you can read a telling excerpt after the jump…
In third place this year we have “other Debian,” which includes Debian and all of its relatives besides Ubuntu: Debian, Freespire, Linspire, Linux Mint, MEPIS, and Xandros. While this group, at 14.2 percent, may have dropped behind SUSE this year, if you add in Ubuntu — the most popular Debian-based distribution of them all — Debian once again dominates the desktop Linux landscape, accounting for near half — 44.6 percent — of this year’s distribution votes.