Yes you can enter your own reason (as comment) to say why you prefer Debian over Ubuntu.
Please read this carefully before you comment:
Alright, the intention of this post is not to start a flame. Ubuntu has it’s own reasons to be liked and so does Debian. Also the idea is to get those *100* reasons from users who visit this blog and not necessarily my thoughts and views. Perhaps there might not be 100 reasons to prefer Debian over Ubuntu but I just want to see how far it can go. I know Ubuntu fans will have 1000 reasons to prefer Ubuntu over Debian and that’s fine.
So just leave a “sane” comment (your one reason) why you prefer Debian over Ubuntu and from time to time I will keep adding them to the post. Try to give reasons which are generic and does not take into consideration whether the system is used for Desktop purpose or Server purpose. As we all know that the general consensus is that Ubuntu is the best Desktop Linux and Debian is the best Server Linux. So let’s see how long does it take to get to 100 reasons. To get started I will add one reason..
The race begins:
Reason #100: Debian has the largest number of packages offered by any Linux distribution. – By Kushal
Reason #99: Debian changes less:
Debian’s upgrade system seems to be better and more suited for what I need in an operating system , as it doesn’t change as frequent as Ubuntu , this way I know its going to work and be stable if I upgrade to the next major release of Debian. -By Charliebrownau
Reason #98: Updating via Local Optical Media instead of Internet:
Debian comes on Multiple DVD’s that I can update local via burnt dvds instead of using Internet Quota and getting shaped. – By Charliebrownau
Reason #97: Ubuntu is too bloated and runs rather slowly on my PC. – By Nikhil
Reason #96: Debian way surpasses Ubuntu on the type of architecture that it will run on. that is why i prefer Debian. – By Sleepy.
Reason #95: Debian is liberated – free as in freedom – from proprietary junk software. – By Peter
Reason #94: Debian strictly adheres to the open source philosophy and free from any kind of trademarks. That is why, I prefer to say, Debian is a distro without any trademarks. – By Zahid
Reason #93: The Debian can be used both for desktop, server & netbook. Ubuntu has different distro for different audience (desktop, server, netbook). – By Zahid
Reason #92: Debian has been built by the community. Ubuntu was heavily funded. Nothing beats a solid committed community. It’s been estimated that if you were to pay to build Debian 4.0 it would cost around 10 billion dollars. That’s quite a community. – By Dan
Reason #91: It is not great because it no longer runs on old hardware, which was one of its original claims to fame, and the Server 10.4 that I installed on my Proliant 3000 has a memory leak that reduces 1.8 Gb RAM to about 200 Kb in less than five days so I do not get to report my server uptime in weeks or months but days. No one seems to know what causes the problem and, seemingly, even fewer have any interest in fixing it. – By Dennis
Reason #90: switching to Debian because my friend kept calling me a noon for using Ubuntu :P – By Hintss
Reason #89: Debian gives you more control over your operating system. – By Kevin
Reason #88: It’s the _same_ operating system! There is absolutely zero that can be done with Debian that can’t be done with Ubuntu – on architectures supported by Ubuntu. There are valid reasons for going with either one over the other, but this is just bias. – By Derek
Reason #87: Ubuntu has a “change-for-change’s sake” mentality, and KDE has been a disaster for almost two years.- By Derek.
Reason #86: Also, I’m really tired of the policing on their user lists which, while supposedly intended to keep everything friendly, so as not to scare off newbies, results in a lack of community. – By Derek.
Reason #85: Debian is much older and therefore more mature; it has more past experiences to learn from. At age six, Ubuntu isn’t mature at all compared to it’s rivals. – By John
Reason #84: Without Debian, Ubuntu would not exist. – By Philippe
Reason #83: Debian has a constitution and a social contract. – By Ben
Reason #82: Whenever there has been a conflict between being popular and following their principles, Debian has always kept to their principles. (See: “Iceweasel” vs “Firefox”). – By Ben
Reason #81: Debian has a deep commitment to ethics and morality, particularly when it comes to Free Software. – By Ben
Reason #80: Debian knows the difference between “Free Software” and “Open Source Software” and intentionally uses the word “Free” to emphasize freedom. – By Ben
Reason #79: It is not great because it no longer runs on old hardware, which was one of its original claims to fame, and the Server 10.4 that I installed on my Proliant 3000 has a memory leak that reduces 1.8 GB RAM to about 200 Kb in less than five days so I do not get to report my server up-time in weeks or months but days. No one seems to know what causes the problem and, seemingly, even fewer have any interest in fixing it. – By Dennis
Reason #78: Debian boots in the verbose mode, what makes it look more cool (To me), and also allows me to see whats currently happening. – By Alexander
Reason #77: Because Debian is free distribution, it is free from trademarks while Ubuntu is not free: its trademark policy prohibits commercial redistribution of exact copies of Ubuntu, denying an important freedom. – By Onlyjob
Reason #76: Because Debian is not just GNU/Linux distribution but also a family of customised (and pure blend) Debian distributions.
Ubuntu is not a customised Debiand because Ubuntu is incompatible with Debian due to changes to repository, repackaging etc.
Ubuntu has no added value over Debian. – By Onlyjob
It is important to understand that family of customised Debian distributions share the same community while Ubuntu in fact separate this community by “pulling the blanket”. – By Onlyjob
Reason #75: Because Debian is innovative while Ubuntu is copy-cat. – By Onlyjob
Reason #74: Because by using and supporting Debian I pay respect to community and free software values. (Not to selfish company behind Ubuntu). Making Debian a little bit stronger will benefit Ubuntu as well. (I’m not sure regarding the opposite). – By Onlyjob
Reason #73: Because in Debian ‘stable’ we can cherry-pick packages from ‘backports’ repository as well as from rolling-release ‘testing’ and ‘unstable’ versions. This gives power and flexibility. – By Onlyjob
Reason #72: Because Debian is original first generation distribution, not a redundant parasiting derivative. – By Onlyjob
Reason #71: Because Debian is universal – it’s good for new computers as well as for old ones. Debian equally suitable for Desktops and for Servers.
It is very convenient to have one system suitable for nearly everything – I even have Debian on my Nokia N900 phone. ;) – By Onlyjob
Reason #70: I have found debian much more stable. I find i have to fix more stuff relating to my hardware with ubuntu, there very frequent updates may contrib to this.- By Banger
The only effective package i found in ubuntu was their Nvidia proprietry driver installer, but i have had that crash on a kernel update, which i got sick of every other day;-(
Reason #69: Debian is more transparent in a technical perspective, allowing and encouraging the user to see what’s going on behind the scenes. This is specially important to aspiring Linux System Administrators because it encourages the user to RTFM instead of staying a newb and asking silly questions to problems easily understood and solvable from the manual. ‘Ubuntu’ is just a Southern African word for “I can’t configure Debian”. - By Bobnonymous
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