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[2]: diamond
by da_Chicken on Wed 6th Jun 2007 23:34 UTC in reply to "RE: diamond"
da_Chicken
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2006-01-01

I hesitate to say that Ubuntu put Debian on the map, because that would likely offend some people. But in a very real way, for many of us, it did.

Saying that "Ubuntu put Debian on the map" would be a false statement, which is good enough reason to not say it. A long time before Ubuntu was started Debian was already well-known for its high quality and also for its commitment to free software. Debian's good reputation in the free software community gives any new Debian-based distro a head start.

BTW, I've noticed that Ubuntu has recently removed the information about their continuing Debian dependency from the ubuntu.com web site. And Shuttleworth has recently given several interviews where he states that Ubuntu has now become Debian's upstream distro. Maybe these changes in attitude reflect the fact that Canonical/Ubuntu has noticed Debian's progress and they now consider Debian as a worthy competitor?

Anyway, despite all that lame "UbuntuLinux is for humans" (and other distros are for animals?) propaganda, there are some noteworthy differences between the main goals of Debian and Ubuntu. Ubuntu is primarily an instrument for Canonical to make some more money but Debian is primarily a non-profit effort by volunteer programmers to provide a free (as in freedom) high quality operating system for all kinds of users and all kinds of hardware platforms -- the Universal Operating System. Debian has a "social contract" and "free software guidelines" (which are the basis of OSI's "open source" definition) that Ubuntu lacks.
http://www.debian.org/social_contract
http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php

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