Debian GNU/Linux

  • Version

    4.0
  • Date Added
    (to site)

    April 15th, 2008
  • Author

    Public Interest, Inc
  • License

    Multiple (see here for details: http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/) (?)
  • Description

    Debian is known for its adherence to the Unix and free software philosophies, and for its abundance of options — the current release includes over twenty-six thousand software packages for eleven computer architectures. These architectures range from the Intel/AMD 32-bit/64-bit architectures commonly found in personal computers to the ARM architecture commonly found in embedded systems and the IBM eServer zSeries mainframes.

    A prominent feature of Debian is its package management system (especially APT), for its strict policies regarding its packages and the quality of its releases. These practices afford easy upgrades between releases and easy automated installation and removal of packages. Debian uses an open development and testing process. It is developed by volunteers from around the world and supported by donations through SPI, Inc., a non-profit umbrella organization for free software projects.

  • Platforms Supported

    WindowsMacLinux
  • Website

Debian GNU/Linux

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    2.4

Installation ★★★★☆
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★

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Brett Poole
Apr 24th, 2008, 1:48 pm | #

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A great beginner’s to advanced distro. I’d already played with Slack before this, and this is way easier mainly due to the built-in package manager “apt”(short for Advanced Package Tool, see Wikipedia’s entry for APT for more info)

The stock install has everything a web designer needs except the flash plugin for Firefox(which is explained on Debian’s Wiki) It comes with all the standard software like The Gimp, a good selection of text editors, and some really crafty administration tools.

One thing I really didn’t like is on a fresh install new applications are granted root access by default once the root password has been entered once. This is easily disabled, however I believe that is a dangerous practice. Also the iptables are empty. However the high level of customization pretty much guarantees that you can end up with the perfect setup for Web Design, Image Editing, but Video Editing was cumbersome. For a quick throw-together you can’t beat the convenience of Debian. For servers, however I’d still go with FreeBSD/OpenBSD.

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Installation ★★★★☆
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★

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