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Old 09-11-10, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Is Debian any good

Just a quicky for the guru's , is the debian distro any good? was thinkning of trying it after setting up some thin clients with it installed as the base operating system.
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Old 09-11-10, 06:25 PM   #2
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Debian runs older software but is less buggy. You can use their testing and experimental repos for newer versions of software like Ubuntu uses.

Debian is good yes.
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Old 09-11-10, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks Sean, I'll give it a try
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Old 09-12-10, 05:05 PM   #4
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I've been running Debian Squezze (Testing) for about a year or so... Debian has always been rock solid for me.
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thanks for the posts guys . what would you recommend i install? x64 or x86 , i have a Q9550 Intel quad.
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Remember, Debian learning curve is steep.
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Not really IMO. If you have experience with Ubuntu, Debian won't be much of a challenge.

If you're looking for apps like XBMC, MythTV, etc - here is a good repository.

http://debian-multimedia.org
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Not really IMO. If you have experience with Ubuntu, Debian won't be much of a challenge.

If you're looking for apps like XBMC, MythTV, etc - here is a good repository.

http://debian-multimedia.org
Everytime I've dealt with Debian, I've not found it user friendly. That's just me.
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Everytime I've dealt with Debian, I've not found it user friendly. That's just me.
The package manager and packages are very easy to use and are definitely user friendly (especially when using synaptic).

However, the part that is not user friendly is the fact that the OS installs with a very minimalist set of features, and requires you to install most of your own packages. Ubuntu comes default with many of the features that people already use, so only extra packages are really required.
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Well, Ubuntu is aimed at the new computer user market. Debian is like most Linux distros, as the saying goes, 'If you find it useful, use it'.
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The package manager and packages are very easy to use and are definitely user friendly (especially when using synaptic).

However, the part that is not user friendly is the fact that the OS installs with a very minimalist set of features, and requires you to install most of your own packages. Ubuntu comes default with many of the features that people already use, so only extra packages are really required.
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I love Debian, the only reason I swung towards ubuntu at all was saving time getting media apps etc set up.

Drol, you won't have an issue with it Bro. Just be aware, as Vin said, that it installs minimal packages and the rest is up to you. When using it, I always went with Debian Sid. Although it's labeled "unstable" it's anything but. The debian team's put everything through super rigorous testing, so their releases are generally far and fewer between than the more user friendly mainstream distros like the 'buntus.

Me bets you would enjoy learning it, although coming from Ubuntu, much will already be super familiar to you.
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Man, these threads are making me really want my Linux box to be up and running... dang the limited cash flow!
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