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Debian or Ubuntu?

Scott R Ehrlich wrote:
> Ubuntu takes 1 CD, and Debian takes 3 DVDs.

Is that particularly meaningful? Either system can be installed using a 
single CD installer, with any remaining packages being downloaded. At 
least I assume this is still true of Debian. It was something I didn't 
know at the time I first installed Debian, and I wasted time downloading 
and burning 6 or 7 CDs...and that was back before BitTorrent and you had 
to use some oddball tool for downloading the ISOs in chunks.

> Ubuntu is all over the place these days, but we almost never hear
> about Debian.

Debian still seems to be growing in market share, but it is more on the 
server side. Many ISPs have adopted it.

> I plan to use it as my primary home OS...

If the recommendations on this list remain consistent, the consensus 
will be to go with Ubuntu for a desktop system.

You'll see various reasons cited as to why Ubuntu might be a better pick 
for this application, but the real question to ask is what is a 
compelling reason to use Debian as a desktop?


Tom Metro
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