Why do you use debian?

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Re: Why do you use debian?

#406 Post by themagicm »

Because it "just works". Its fast, stable, has may packages available instead of me having to compile them, good reputation, has a bad ass logo.

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#407 Post by neglesaks »

Ill sound like a broken record here compared to the earlier posters, but yes, because it "just works". Stable as a rock (mostly), has a good provision of packages and software for work tasks, and because of its appealing project philosophy.

It's an excellent base for ones IT life.
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#408 Post by yoshi435 »

Because I like apt-get.
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#409 Post by Mr James »

- social contract
- reliability
- respects it's users
- practical
- the swirl is cool
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#410 Post by OneC »

I used Ubuntu first but I was always dissapointed with dist-upgrade. Couldn't get VPN to work (which I need to connect to a remote network twice a week) and when I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 I was really disappointed to find a huge number of irritating bugs that destroyed the whole user experience.

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#411 Post by jamison20000e »

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#412 Post by AdamFirst »

I use Debian Wheezy (with a Cinnamon desktop) for its stability. I don't need the latest, but I do need something I can rely upon. The forums and community provide usually clear technical guides. All the software I need is available for the OS, and most of the software I would try, as well.

I also multiboot into Win7, XP, Fedora 20, Mint 16, and #!. I try multiple distros to see what fits my simple needs best. Distro hopping is something I've been doing for years, looking for "the one". Now, I think I've found it.

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#413 Post by AN0NYM0US »

because it offers a huge collection of building blocks and supports them all

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#414 Post by Alad »

I've been using Linux for about a month now. Started out with Mint, moved to Ubuntu, then Debian. The reason I kept switching is that I was annoyed with the silly bugs. Now when I first installed Debian Stable it felt like a disappointment.. there seemed to be even more fixing to do than with the derivatives.

However, once I got things sorted out after a day or so (building on my previous experience of RTFM) and ditched XFCE for MATE, I realized that BASIC STUFF just worked that didn't in Ubuntu/Mint. Like ok boot times. Or Firefox. Or suspend. Or cpu-friendly sound.

I'll stick to Debian for a while.

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#415 Post by pmu »


Because Debian hits the sweet spot right on. It niether considers me a complete noob or a linux rockstar.

Because the packages are stable yet not very old. Earlier I had to chose between linux OS flavours that were stable but had (and still have) old kernels, old packages. On the other side lies stuff thats all new and shiny but would break every now and then, or would be upgraded every six months or some other reason.

I get better battery life when I run on Debian (7.2 XFCE 64 Bit with Docky).

And that works for me real good.
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#416 Post by P05TMAN »

I have been an Ubuntu user for years, then bounced back and forth from Ubuntu, Arch and Fedora. All are good systems, but I usually defaulted back to Ubuntu....that is until I just couldn't deal with Unity any more. I recently changed jobs and was given the option to work on Mac or Linux; I chose Linux and used Ubuntu as well. I had many issues on my workstation, constant popups from apropos, dependency issues and crashes ("unfortunately Ubuntu encountered an error....). I really grew tired of troubleshooting those problems and they often interfered with my actual duties. I checked out Debian because I read that it was stable and because I was already familiar with it to an extent thanks to Ubuntu. I'm glad I did! Really enjoying the system and troubleshooting issues is a breeze. I look forward to continuing my Linux learning in this community!

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#417 Post by matera »

Mutual respect -- we trust each other.

It either gives me what I want, or gives me the means to get what I want. Better yet, it gives me what I need.

I feel welcome, at home. At peace, after years of wrestling with a hostile, heartless OS.

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#418 Post by OmegaSW »

When I try a different distro, I keep accidentally typing apt-get out of habit. It gets old fast lol.

I use Debian because it's simple, rock solid stable, highly supported by a large community, and the available packages is by far the largest.

While Red Hat is the business standard in the Linux world, I consider Debian to be the Home Standard, and Valve single handedly assured that Debian will continue to be the standard for Linux home users for ages to come by choosing Debian.

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#419 Post by gurfle »

Of course because of all of the above, but also, to add a little levity . . .

because if you really want to, and with not too much effort, you can still get fun and maximally simple things like blast - even though no longer officially suported - to run on a spanking fancy new machine with essentially all the latest bells and whistles:


But I even liked it back in the day when it was hard to get a random gui screen display or printer to work - just because of the good principles behind the project. And the amazaing thing is that those principles have actually succeeded to get better for me in ways that the unprincipled software communnity has not. There are few things in life that seem to turn out that way, but as this is one such rarity, it's well worth celebrating!


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Re: Why do you use debian?

#420 Post by chrissywissy »

chrissywissy wrote:Because it WORKS. I came to Linux by way of the (heavily-hyped) Ubuntu, and enjoyed it at first. It was faster than W7 on my desktop, and worked ok on my aged Toshy Sat Pro laptop. But there were the occasional hardware issues and instabilities. I don't mind a BIT of work to tweak the look or functionality, but on later Ubuntu(s) and its derivatives, mobile broadband was an insurmountable hurdle on the laptop, and speed on both machines had dropped (to almost the same as W7 on the desktop PC).

I finally tried Debian Squeeze (6.0.2) and it works well on both machines. The stock software and programmes meet virtually all my needs, although I have added Icedove. It's faster than Ubuntu with the standard desktop (LXDE loads to a usable state quicker, but doesn't seem any speedier in normal use). The only other bit of (slightly awkward) work has been installing flash and java for the browser.

I may not stay with Debian forever, and will probably try PC BSD 9 and the next Ubuntu LTS (on the desktop at least). BUT, I'm here for now.
Played around with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and PC BSD 9, and although both seemed ok at first, soon returned to Squeeze, and then Wheezy with XFCE on both my current machines (an old HP desktop and a newer laptop dual booting with Windows 7).

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#421 Post by shaderoit99 »

It's taken me a while to finally "commit" to running Debian because I didn't understand it after many years of running Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. I'm glad that I took the time to read the wiki's and forums. I run Debian because they stand for open-source software, their Social Contract, stability, security, and community. It's great distro and I finally feel like my distro-hopping days are behind me. I am running their XFCE version and I am very impressed. 8) Keep up the great work!

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#422 Post by kenharkey7 »

For me it comes down to two main points.

1. I have the opportunity to run a rolling release distribution that is still more stable then other so called 'stable' systems.
2. I can have that with the wonderful package management.

I spent years bouncing between various distros and at the end of the day there is no need. Not when there is Debian that will do everything I need and do it effeciently and stably.
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Re: Why do you use debian?

#423 Post by BoDiddley »

I use Debian because Debian with LXDE running on ext3/4 is the only distro that works well with my old notebook. Compaq Presario R3000/Nvidia/Amd.

There have been several frustrations with Debian throughout these 3 years, which led me to try other distros. But the fact remains that, for my system - nobody can do it like Debian. Now I understand Debian so well, it would not make sense to change.

This would probably be a good time to thank everybody for the work that you do. I might only ever be an end-user. That said I am a computer guru. My specialty is making systems perform as the designers intended.

My only limitation is that I will never be able to capture sound with any desktop recorder. I have determined that this is a system restriction/limitation - which is not very important. Every other device or hardware; scanner, printer, camera photo transfer, ebook creator, sound - has been resolved. Was it pretty - no.
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Re: Why do you use debian?

#424 Post by Geostefan »

edbarx just said it!
edbarx wrote:I use Debian because the following is true.

Debian = {stability, reliability, security, flexibility, total configurability, FOSS}

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Re: Why do you use debian?

#425 Post by seoneal7 »

I use Debian because, along with Arch, it is one of the best distros you can use for a minimalist, ground-up experience. I always use the netinstall, unselect all the package groups, and grab just what I need with "aptitude install --without-recommends". Usually a lightweight wm (evilwm or dwm), some lightweight apps, and a minimum of services. On Arch, I have busybox init set up with the minirc package from the AUR. I'd like to do this on Debian, too, though I'm not exactly sure how at the moment. I may research it, soon. Even without it, I usually have my basic GUI desktop running in less than 35 MB's RAM. And that's pretty attractive for an obsessive downsizer like myself. :)

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