Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Aug 2010 21:41 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Debian and its clones "Debian turns 17 today. Yes it has really come a long way from being Ian Murdock's pet project back in 1993 to being the distribution on which the most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu, is based on now." Let's go through some interesting history of Debian.
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RE: I just love it.
by sorpigal on Wed 18th Aug 2010 20:33 UTC in reply to "I just love it."
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

I got in to Debian around the potato era and put it on my workstation, then on my spare powermac. I was slow to love it, but as I kept trying other distributions (which I did often back then) I would find them to not be as good as Debian and I'd go back. Soon, I stopped seriously replacing Debian on my main boxes and set up a distro-test box for experimentation so I was never without my Debian.

I bought a YellowMachine NAS in ~2002. I found that it had Debian on it. Yes, it as an ARM box with 64M of RAM but it had Debian Woody right there and I was instantly at home: I new how to update, what I could tweak without breaking things. After a couple days it was essentially a custom NAS with slick packaging.

In 2009 I bought the Nokia N900 and it had Debian on it. Sure it's a maemo variant, but when I saw 20 pending updates and the UI at the time had no "install all" option I knew I could drop to a command prompt and apt-get upgrade my troubles away.

Debian is rational. Things are put in logical places--maybe not where you thought they should go, but always somewhere that was planned out for a reason. Nothing just happens on a whim. Debian pioneered a menu system that was universal for all environments. Debian created the best runlevel management tools I've seen. Debian created the first good dependency resolver (for the purpose of Linux software installation) and continues to enforce such standards of package creation that no other system can compete for package stability. Debian repeatedly solves hard problems that other distributions only realize they have years later.

Debian isn't just Linux: Debian will adopt and adapt to any kernel that proves popular in the future. I'm still waiting on Debian GNU/kMinix3, but I expect it will happen. Debian is the universal base operating system on which you can add just enough to suit your needs.

I started with Debian because I listened to Geeks In Space and CmdrTaco said it was his favorite; I should really by him a bottle of scotch for this fortunate, unintentional recommendation. I love Debian. You love Debian. We all love Debian, here. Debian is god. Debian is Jesus. apt-get jesus.

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