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Back Home, with Debian!

Jan 19, 2010, 04:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bradley M. Kuhn)

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"By the end of 2004, I'd been running Debian 'testing' on my laptop since around early 2003. For almost two years, I'd lived with periodic instability — including a week in the spring of 2003 when I couldn't even get X11 started — for the sake of using a distribution that maximally respected software freedom.

"I'd had no trouble with 'potato' for its two year lifespan, but after 6-8 months of woody, I was backporting far too much and I couldn't spare the time for upkeep. Running 'testing' was the next best option, as I could pin myself for 3-6 months at a time on a particularly stable day and have a de-facto "release". But, I slowly was unable to spare the time for even that work, and I was ready to throw up my hands in surrender.

"At just about that time, a thing called 'warty' was released. I'd already heard about this company, Canonical, as they'd tried earlier that year to buy a domain name I technically own (canonical.org), but had long since given over to a group of old friends. (They of course had no interest in selling such a "hot property"). This new distribution, Ubuntu, was Debian-based, and when installed, it "felt" like Debian. Canonical was committed to a six-month release schedule, so I said to myself: "well, if I have to 'go corporate' again, I might as well go to something that works like the distribution I prefer". And so, my five year stint as an Ubuntu user began."

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