Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th Feb 2011 11:09 UTC
Debian and its clones Oh glorious day! After two years of development, one of the prime Linux distributions has pushed out a new release - Debian 6.0 'Squeeze' has been released. The most fascinating aspect fo this new release is that it includes Debian/kFreeBSD s a technology preview, which fascinates me to no end. Of course, there's a whole lot more, including a brand new website for the project - the first major redesign in 13 years.
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Debian is a winner
by da_Chicken on Mon 7th Feb 2011 00:37 UTC
da_Chicken
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2006-01-01

One of the best things (along with software freedom, support for several processor architectures, and the large collection of packaged software) in Debian is reliability. If you get your Debian installation working, it just keeps on working, so you can concentrate on actually doing some stuff with your computer instead of worrying if the next software update will introduce some new exciting bugs.

Thanks to its reliability, Debian is currently perhaps the most popular GNU/Linux distro for servers:

http://w3techs.com/technologies/history_details/os-linux
https://secure1.securityspace.com/s_survey/data/man.200907/apacheos....

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RE: Debian is a winner
by Oliver on Mon 7th Feb 2011 14:42 in reply to "Debian is a winner"
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2006-07-15

>Thanks to its reliability, Debian is currently perhaps the most popular GNU/Linux distro for servers

Quantity says nothing about quality. Have a look at CentOS for example or FreeBSD on really big servers at Cisco, Juniper etc.

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RE[2]: Debian is a winner - focus
by jabbotts on Mon 7th Feb 2011 18:09 in reply to "RE: Debian is a winner"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

For servers, I might consider OpenBSD over FreeBSD but both being BSDs, either would likely due. Debian's focus on security and stability makes a difference though too. Debian is well within the solid server distros beside Red Hat/CentOS and the other big names.

Debian's release cycle alone sets it apart from other distributions. Debian Stable gets only security and stability updates; they don't add new buggy code. It's not about including the latest blingy new app title or version number along with all it's bugs and security affecting variables.

Debian may be comparable with Red Hat, CentOS and other trusted Linux based server distributions. It may even be lesser than the BSD options. I just wouldn't discount it based on a "popularity" argument when technological merits apply.

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