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Why do you love Debian?

Link to this post 22 May 09

Great hardware and platform support.
Stable, to the point, complete.

Link to this post 25 May 09

Debian contains the core packaging and software for a choice of a rock stable and secure OS - great for a server (Debian Stable, currently Lenny), a great testing distribution that has already been through Debian Sid, and is thus a very stable desktop system, or the cutting edge, Debian Sid.

From these three core packaging trees, you can either run plain Debian or you can use any one of a great number of systems that have been derived from Debian. For me personally, SimplyMEPIS is an excellent system derived from Debian Stable, and I keep it around so I always have a stable desktop system on hand. Then I also grab another MEPIS offshoot, antiX, which provides me with a Debian Testing distro (but antiX can be used with Stable, Testing, or Sid). Finally, I have a Debian Sid desktop system that is tamed called sidux, which I think is the most usable cutting edge system around.

Of course, I keep at least one or two REAL Debian systems around that are not derivatives, but are the real thing. I have a Debian Lenny system on two of my laptops right now as well, plus lots of other Debian derivatives.

Link to this post 25 May 09

Naturally, I use Debian and all these derivatives because they just work, and they work exceedingly well.

Oh yes, the aspect of a rolling upgrade with Debian Sid derivatives is a compelling feature too!

Link to this post 03 Jun 09

i have tried the most famous distributions Gentoo 2007.0-2008.0|ubuntu 6.* - 9.04 | fedora 9- 10 | opensuse 10-11| and some other distros.

But the distribution that i only tried once and never again remove it from my desktop was and is Debian GNU/Linux ..
Why?
Stable
Secure
Gnu powered
tons of software
no everyday updates for bugs and fixes
and it simple Works

Link to this post 04 Jun 09

geophoenix wrote:


But the distribution that i only tried once and never again remove it from my desktop was and is Debian GNU/Linux ..

I think you cornered many of the reasons why Debian lovers take it and stick with it. Once you install it, you really never need to install it again, simply upgrade it, add and remove software as needed. You cited a great number of the other reasons that people stick with it. In spite of the reputation otherwise, it is extremely easy to manage and it works.

Debian Stable makes an outstanding server platform. But it can be used for a lot more than just a server. Desktop users often opt for Debian Testing or Debian Sid because you can get newer software, but then you get a somewhat more volatile environment.

I use a Debian Sid based distribution that greatly helps me manage that volatility, which results in allowing me to have a cutting edge desktop, laptop, or portable system that also "just works". The distribution that I use is called sidux - and they recently added a group here, so if you poke around, you can find out more about sidux - or look at sidux.com.

Link to this post 07 Jun 09

masinick wrote:

Naturally, I use Debian and all these derivatives because they just work, and they work exceedingly well.

Oh yes, the aspect of a rolling upgrade with Debian Sid derivatives is a compelling feature too!

Same with testing; I'm not masochistic enough for Sid, lol.
I love rolling releases.

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