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Debian GNU/Linux

Debian GNU/Linux is my distribution of choice. The reason for this page is to hopefully convince someone that Debian GNU/Linux is the best GNU/Linux distribution available, to increase the user pool, and hopefully the dev pool too.

Freedom: Debian GNU/Linux protects the freedoms of it’s users by filtering out contrib and non-free packages from it’s main repositories. Debian also has a mailing list specifically set aside for the discussion of legal issues.

Debian Social Contract and DFSG: The Debian Social Contract is the written document, describing the freedoms of using Debian and what Debian will give back to the community.

Maturity: Debian has stood the test of time, being the second GNU/Linux distribution (Slackware being the first) ever and the first to have a package manager (APT).

Package Manager: APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) is easily the best package manager in GNU/Linux today. Blowing RPM out of the water, making Portage look slow as a turtle, and being the ghost to counter Pacman; APT has features years ahead of all of them. For more information, read the APT HOWTO.

Release Cycle: Without going into too much detail (If you are interested read this) the Debian release cycle allows the end user to pick how he wants his software; Risky but bleeding edge, pretty stable and newish, or old/outdated but perfectly stable. Debian is also a rolling release distribution (if you follow testing or unstable), therefore you’ll never need to reinstall — Just keeping your system up to date should suffice!

Userbase: Debian has one of the most active communities of any other distro, the only problem is that most people don’t know how to use mailing lists. Once you get the hand of it though, it becomes fairly simple.

If you want to read more about Debian, check both the Wikipedia page and the Linux.com page.

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