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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RE: Debian stable/unstable
by melkor on Tue 5th Jun 2007 22:13 UTC in reply to "Debian stable/unstable"
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Whilst some of what you're saying has a basis in truth, most of it is really bordering on FUD. I ran a Debian based mixed system (mostly stable, somet testing, some unstable and even some experimental!) and it ran fine for years. I was up to date with packages that counted to me, and it ran pretty stable, no more unstable than Microsoft Windows XP, no more unstable than other distributions from my experience.

Unstable isn't necessarily unstable in the sense, in fact, most unstable packages are the same packages that go into these "up to date" distros. If Debian unstable is unstable, then ergo, these other distros also are unstable.

Sure, you'll get some breakages in running a mixed system, sometimes you'll have to downgrade, or wait a few days/week until a new package hits unstable, but mostly, it works, and it works well.

I suggest you learn how to effectively use dpkg, apt-get, aptitude etc before piling blame on Debian. Oh, and Ubuntu would be NOTHING without Debian. NOTHING. It's amazing how many of your ungrateful Ubuntu users don't realise that, or even care. Typical ex-Windows refugees, you care more about yourself than the community.


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