"For much of its history, Debian has been the major
noncommercial, philosophically free distribution. Now, as Debian
developers and users have deserted the distro for Ubuntu, does
Debian have a purpose any more? Debian 4.0, which was released this
week, represents a collective effort to answer that question. The
philosophy behind the release is best summarized on the home page
for the Debian on the Desktop subproject, which states, 'We will do
everything we can to make things very easy for the novice, while
allowing the expert to tweak things.'
"In other words, instead of trying to compete directly with
distros like Ubuntu for ease of use, Debian is experimenting with a
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