Why did I choose Debian?

I started to use Linux with Ubuntu but I quickly changed to Debian over Ubuntu (and the another distributions) by several reasons.

1 Package Management: APT just works, and works well.

2 Number of Packages: The biggest package pool all over the open source world makes APT even greater.

3 Tradition, maturity and stability: Over 10 years of development have became Debian in one of the most stables and matures OS.

4 Release Cycle: Many people complaint about this, but I think the 3 different versions (stable, testing and unstable) of Debian give you the chance to elect the grade of security and stability you need in environments where they are crucial and avoid lots of bugs that appear in distros with only a release and a fast release cycle.

5 Multi use: Debian can be used in almost all kinds of computers, since cellphones to supercomputers.

6 Debian is a wider project that not only works on the base of the Linux kernel but works on the FreeBSD, NetBSD and Hurd kernels.

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Why did I choose Linux?

That’s a main point. I’ve have almost a year using Linux but I have tried it a lot and now I can share my experience and tell us some of the characteristics I found:

Fully customizable: From setting your menu bar transparent to build a new system from scratch you can customize Linux in any way you want. The only limit is you!

Stable: Linux (and in general all the *nix OS) is very stable. A big part of the 500 top supercomputers use it and it’s used by many of the most powerful server. Source .

Eye candy: Linux and the huge amount of Desktop environments (without mentioning the composition managers – Compiz, Beryl, etc) make Linux a very beautiful system.

Fast and lightweight: Linux is really a resource saver alternative compared to commercial OS like windows. The other day, I was looking at my school’s computers stats and i could observe that Windows, with the default theme, IE and Office open, uses (wastes) more than 512 MB of RAM while Linux uses less than 200 MB (even a lot less, depending of the DE). Also, Linux is very fast – it’s used by the most fast computer ever (IBM Roads runner). Do you need another fact?

Linux is Free: I think it is the most important factor. It’s not about any technical consideration, it’s about your freedom and your right to know more about the software you’re using.

I know there are some things that must be improved but I’m sure Linux will become better each day.