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[3]: Debian stable/unstable
by sbergman27 on Tue 5th Jun 2007 21:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Debian stable/unstable"
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All of that is true and accurate - and is perfectly understandable once you learn Debian. ;)

It's perfectly understandable once you've been around the block a few times in the Linux community regardless of learning Debian or not. :-)

I'm from the RedHat/Fedora side of the fence. But I'll tell you what. Ubuntu has been a Godsend to the Debian world... including Debian itself.

I had tried Debian from time to time, but it never lasted more than a day on my desktop. I always went back to Redhat, and later, to Fedora.

But then, one day, I evaluated Ubuntu. And the evaluation went on for months and months, because there was no real hurry to switch back. And when I did go back to Fedora... it lasted about a day. I returned to Ubuntu.

I must say that apt-get and synaptic are nice. Not for the reasons that I usually see presented. After all, there really is no such thing as "RPM Hell" and there hasn't beeen for years.

But the package avalailability is really nice. And the speed of apt-get/synaptics is quite pleasant, even compared to the new, faster, yum based package management in FC7.

I still don't like some things, like network config, in the Debian world. But I have really gotten to like *some* Debianisms.

And that would never have happened if Debian had remained the sole "strong" player in its space.

Edited 2007-06-05 21:30

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