I like debian again now etch is out. I use it for my school laptop (used to use centos 4.4) and my LAMP server. A full Gnome desktop (tweaked out) uses only 58mb RAM of RAM on my laptop, miles better than ubuntu
However, ubuntu does own debian when it comes to a: look b: plug and play and c: media (got to love easyubuntu). Also its only 1 cd. Etch comes on 4 DVDS!. I use ubutnu onall my desktop pcs
In the past year, I've used ubuntu, red hat, debian, and mandriva.. Ubuntu was my favorite by a long shot, and it is the only linux distru I use today. It's just so much easier to use than the others.. Especially for linux beginners
The trend is not surprising at all. Debian has a niche for servers, being that it runs older, more stable packages. Ubuntu has more appeal for desktop users and is making a name for itself in its attempt to draw users from the Windows userbase. However, few sysadmins will be willing to use Ubuntu as a server for a while, mainly because of it's use of new and not as proven packages (notice the security alerts for Ubuntu on the Google Trends page). There are a few people who used to use Debian for their desktop who may switch to Ubuntu.
>Listen Debian people if you are reading - 1cd! - Not over 10!
Since people who are downloading Linux probably have broadband internet anyway, it's probably not much of a stretch to choose the Debian NetInstall CD, which usually saves you downloading, because you are only forced to download the packages you actually need.\
My favorites for servers: Slackware, Gentoo, and Debian. All solid and reliable, and have a pretty wide range of machines that they can run on.