Debian vs. Ubuntu: Contrasting Philosophies
Jun 28, 2010, 19:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"Debian and Ubuntu are distributions that lend themselves
naturally to comparison. Not only is Ubuntu a continuing fork of
Debian, but many of its developers also work on Debian.
"Even more important, you sometimes hear the suggestion that
Ubuntu is a beginner's distribution, and that users might consider
migrating to Debian when they gain experience.
"However, like many popular conceptions, the common
characterizations of Debian and Ubuntu are only partially true.
Debian's reputation as an expert's distribution is partly based on
its state a decade ago, although it does provide more scope for
hands-on management if that is what you want. Similarly, while
Ubuntu has always emphasized usability, like any distro, much of
its usability comes from the software that it includes -- software
that is just as much a part of Debian as of Ubuntu.
"So what are the differences between these Siamese twins?"