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]: diamond
by sbergman27 on Thu 7th Jun 2007 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: diamond"
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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.

I don't think that Debian *wants* to be Ubuntu. As much as I like Ubuntu, it does, in a way, aim to be the AOL of distros. (It occurs to me that what I just said might seem disrespectful to the many extemely helpful and knowloedgable people on the Unbutu forums, and for that I appologize. But it is Ubuntu's aim to be a Linux for regular folks.)

Anyway, in pondering the issue of Ubuntu's effect on the Debian family of distros, I cobbled together this chart of distrowatch page hits per day from 2002 to the present for the distros which are the top eight today.

Sure, distrowatch statistics and sodium chloride go together like fish 'n chips.

But I thought someone might be interested.

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