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Debian

Debian is a Unix-like operating system consisting entirely of free software. Ian Murdock founded the Debian Project on August 16, 1993. Debian 0.01 was released on September 15, 1993, and the first stable version, 1.1, was released on June 17, 1996. The Debian Stable branch is the most popular edition for personal computers and network servers, and is used as the basis for many other Linux distributions. Debian is one of the earliest operating systems based on the Linux kernel. The project is coordinated over the Internet by a team of volunteers guided by the Debian Project Leader and three foundational documents: the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines. New distributions are updated continually, and the next candidate is released after a time-based freeze. Debian has been developed openly and distributed freely according to the principles of the GNU Project. Because of this, the Free Software Foundation sponsored the project from November 1994 to November 1995. The popular Linux operating system Ubuntu was also released based on Debian. When the sponsorship ended, the Debian Project formed the nonprofit Software in the Public Interest to continue financially supporting development.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian
Homepage: https://www.debian.org/

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Jack

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I've been using Debian Testing for quite a while. Solid and fast.

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Stanley

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Not stable, just old. Old bugs are known bugs that are rarely fixed post-release because the Debian BTS is massively user-hostile. Still a solid choice for servers.

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Todd

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This is an overall great distribution that has been around for ages that has been overlooked. Debian is not the prettiest and not often the newest looking distro. If a user is expecting to constantly get the latest and greatest features, they will find themselves dissappointed. However, this is a strength of Debian. When they release a new stable, it lives up to the name. Debian goes with a set of packages and sticks with them, with most updates being for security or bug fixes. This leads to the great stability it has. This distro is for someone who wants a reliable system that they can use to get real work done. The sitting on old packages takes way from the distractions of new features.

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Alejandro

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Solid server. Decent desktop. I use it for servers at work. I used to run it on my personal computer at home. The slow release cycle makes it boring as a daily driver, but it's fantastic for production servers. The fact that they're now enabling AppArmor by default increases my trust in the security of the system. Truth be told, I don't really trust any system that doesn't implement some sort of Mandatory Access Control out-of-the-box. It's not an ideal distribution for new users, but it's a great step towards Linux proficiency in regard to sysadmin tasks.

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Peter

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kjmcmanus

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NO MXlinux on this site WHY NOT.

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Rene Kjellerup

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Solid, stable, and minimal assumptions about the system, enables Debian to be used for pretty much any purpose that you could think of. I started with Debian 2.2 (woody) and have used it on Desktop/Laptops since. These days I'm running the "testing" which generally gets newer features faster than the main release, known as 'stable', after a few days in the unstable branch.

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Jon S.

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I've always loved Debian. I started off with this, with the tutorials from http://aboutdebian.com/. Always a solid platform. I just upgraded from version 7 to version 9, and it was a success.

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JT

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Debian Stable is the best distro for stability. You might need to work a little to get it installed (I had to provide it with a driver for my machine via a USB drive); this kind of thing would usually cost a distro a star, but I think it's seriously reliable enough to warrant 5 stars. The Debian website is old-fashioned but has lots of interesting info.

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definately very good choice for a server, but if configured with care it is also a very good dev. desktop.

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Bob

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I've always considered Debian to be 'Mother Linux' since so many other distros are derived from it. It's very stable, has slower development and adheres to the no proprietary software rule which is appeals to FOSS lovers. Debian is great on older machines too, and really fast with the XFCE desktop environment.

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maceion

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Used to 'refresh' very old laptop computers (e.g.Vista Windows era) with a modern workable laptop for everyday use , browsing, email, replies to utility companies etc., for old folk who cannot afford to purchase a new laptop. About 7 machines so refreshed. Server and IoT use not used, . Leaving these at one star when not used seems odd, why not capability to remove them from survey if not applicable?

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kjmcmanus

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Still waiting for Distrowatch's NO 1 distro MXlinux.

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Jamal

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Another stable, reliable distro. However Debian does not make it easy to install proprietary drivers and it may not be straight forward for a novice to know if their computer requires any. For example, it can be difficult for a new user to find the model of Wifi card, where to find the software and how to install it. If you don't have Ethernet you may not have internet until the driver is installed. Don't let this turn you off giving Debian a go, just do some research before you get started. Debian is a popular choice for those wanting to harden a system for privacy and security while still having an excellent daily driver.

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Debian fits a very broad range of uses which is why it is the base distro for literally 1000's of other distros. For stability and well tested software it is hard to be beaten. On the desktop though it is perfectly usable and reliable it will lag behind by a year or two for stable releases. However in practice I have found that running testing has also become very stable while still getting newer iterations of software but no cutting edge or betas. It is true propriety software is not a clean fit sometimes but it is also not impossible to make it work. For server work because of it's standardised software stack it is easier to target for server software and when leveraging docker and kvm it is possible to have very light server images and visualise all of the services. For embedded electronics.. There is a reason the default OS for the Raspberry Pi Raspbian is based on Debian and not Ubuntu. That is because you not only can compile for far more architectures (Alpha, Arm, Armel, Armhf, Arm64, hppa, i386, amd64, m68k, mips, mipsel, PowerPC, s390x) but it is able to run a very minimal base system and add selective services relatively easily.

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Debian is the best all around Linux distro and is famed for its stability and reliability. Less appreciated is Debian's abilities on as a desktop OS and for gaming builds. For performance desktops and gaming, the Debian testing provides an excellent update path for those that need more frequent updates, and the SID version provides an alternative for those looking for real time updates more akin to rolling distros - however both require a little more effort on behalf of the user.