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[News] Debian Etch for Advanced Desktop Users and Ubuntu for "Average Desktop Users"

  • Subject: [News] Debian Etch for Advanced Desktop Users and Ubuntu for "Average Desktop Users"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:06:43 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Debian (Etch) Linux

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| If you’re a hardened user then you’ll already know that Debian is good so I 
| don’t need to tell you, if you have a good knowledge of Linux and you 
| understand the file system and how it works, but just haven’t tried Debian 
| yet then I highly recommend doing so. I started out years ago, using Red Hat 
| based systems such as Fedora Core and since I tried Debian and it’s 
| derivitives I now much prefer them. Debian is definitely on my recommended 
| list but not to new users, purely because it assumes some if not a lot of 
| knowledge about Linux in order to tweak it. If you’re a new user and you’re 
| not too familiar with Linux in general don’t go trying Debian yet it might 
| just put you off the whole idea of using Linux as your operating system. We 
| use Debian for a lot of our in-house and customer servers but it’s also very 
| good as a corporate desktop.           


Why Ubuntu Then?

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| A lot of Linux distributions, although quite capable in the desktop arena, 
| cater more to geeks and developers, taking up valuable disk space with a lot 
| of junk you’ll probably never use. Ubuntu’s purpose is to grab desktop market 
| share from the Redmond folks, so the needs of the common end user are always 
| in mind. The result is that Ubuntu’s GNOME desktop environment is a very 
| comfy place for the average desktop user to be.     



Debian as a Desktop GNU+Linux Distribution

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| Thinking about it, I’m not entirely sure what constitutes an “end-user
| distribution”. Perhaps I am equating an “end-user distribution” with
| a “desktop distribution”. And why not? What determines if a GNU+Linux
| distribution is an end-user distribution? It seems to me that the packages
| that are available within the distribution, and the functionality of said
| packages, are what determines if a distribution is an end-user distribution.
| And, as most people are aware, Debian contains a huge amount of packages
| within its repositories. Packages that deliver no less functionality than
| those GNU+Linux distributions that everyone can agree are “end-user
| distributions”. Just that fact, alone, should be enough to convince anyone
| that Debian is, indeed, an end-user distribution.



Deploying KDE [+Debian GNU/Linux] to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.

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