Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:05 UTC
Debian and its clones FreeSoftwareMagazine takes a look at Debian as a desktop system, and they conclude: "I feel that Debian Etch is as good on the desktop as it is on the server. It has a long rich history, a strong community, is amazingly stable and is a great fit for both my servers and my laptop. I urge everyone to give it a go on the desktop."
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Debian stable/unstable
by IkeKrull on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:51 UTC
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With debian youre kind of caught between a rock and a hard place - either adopt the 'same packages for 5 years' debian stable, or risk breaking your machine on upgrade with unstable or testing.

When someone makes a mistake and your Debian unstable is rendered unbootable by a libreadline, glibc or some other problem, the response is 'what do you expect - don't run unstable if you want stability', but then until recently debian stable was so ancient in terms of package versions that it simply wasn't suitable for modern desktop use.

Things arent so bad right now because a new Debian stable has just been released, but in 2 years or so, the glacial pace of unstable -> stable migration will yet again make Debian useless as a desktop OS.

Ubuntu's 6 month 'stable' release schedule is addressing of a major problem with Debian on the desktop, and a big reason why people are abandoning it in droves for desktop use.

I can't think of a single reason that would make me go to Debian for my desktop PCs over Ubuntu.

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