Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 19:44 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones "'s survey results consistently show Debian to be the most popular distribution among device developers. For example, our 2007 survey indicated that Debian was used in device-related projects by 13 percent of the survey's 932 participants, roughly double the score of MontaVista, the most popular strictly-embedded distribution. In addition to Debian's 13 percent score, Ubuntu, which is based on Debian packages, jumped to 6 percent this year, its first year in our survey. In contrast, Red Hat, achieved a 5 percent score and Fedora came in at 6 percent, while SUSE scored just 2 percent. The complete results and analysis are here. Why do device developers prefer Debian?"
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Debian packaging
by grumpygroundhog on Mon 30th Apr 2007 23:25 UTC
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It has strict, high quality packaging policies and apt-get is old, tested, and true. Most Debian distros are compatible with each other. Even still, they allow high quality packages into non-free so you don't mess up your system with low quality repositories. That's why I used Debian-derived distros on the desktop, at least. And debconf is great, too. Although I think more embedded devices use ipkg (compatible with dpkg)

Edited 2007-04-30 23:26

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