Why am I using Debian on my desktop?

We start from the criterion that the best Operating System and the best Desktop Environment are precisely those that you prefer and have installed; with those who feel most comfortable; and the ones you know best. Be it a version of Mac, Linux, Windows, or another. Okay?

Reasons can be used for and against Debian. However, those in favor are so weighty that they overshadow the opponents.

- Debian is Universal because it can be installed on a Mobile device; a laptop; a desktop machine; in a Server of medium benefits; in Professional Servers; Server Clusters; Supercomputers; Robots, etc.

- I will always be "dressing" a clearly defined operating system as a powerful server, whose basis does not distinguish between an operating system for Desktops and another for Servers.

- We are building a Custom desktop on one of the Linux versions that it respects the most the spirit of software
Free; Stable; of Lower consumption of resources; and popular.

- With a single installation CD or DVD + the right repository, I can make the Desktop I want for my workstation. Be it the well-known GNOME Desktop Environments / (GNU Network Object Model Environment) /, KDE, Xfce and Lxde, or the Window Managers WindowMaker, BlackBox, Flwm, and many more that would make the list very long.

- I can have a i386 32-bit base system and install the 64-bit amd64 kernel, without losing support for 32-bit applications at all. It will remain a 32-bit system.

- I can use My Desk for fun; as support for Office automation; the implementation of services; to virtualize servers or workstations; or as a design station. In short, practically for what you need.

- It is fun to learn how to configure a Desktop on Debian and in the process you learn.

… And why do you use Debian for you?


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  1.   Juan said

    Because when I wanted to get into Linux I decided that it was better to start with that distro since I was going to learn a lot and I still do.
    Now I have affection for him and I doubt that he will change to another.
    Currently I got frustrated with gnome for a couple of bugs it was giving me and now I'm giving KDE a try.

  2.   commentator said

    Because I have been using it for several years and I feel comfortable with it.

  3.   Oai027 said

    It interests me but I don't have much information on Debian. Where do I begin ?

    1.    codelab said

      The official WiKi's for each distribution are usually the best place to start researching on any topic related to them.

      Debian WiKi: http://wiki.debian.org/es/FrontPage

      A greeting.

  4.   James_Che said

    Friend this caught my attention, how can I do it?
    “I can have a 386-bit i32 base system installed and install the amd64 64-bit kernel, without losing support for 32-bit applications at all. It will remain a 32-bit system. " and wondering if this way I would recognize the 4GB of RAM because when I install 32bit distributions it does not recognize them.

    1.    Federico A. Valdés Toujague said

      Yep. Try and see. I think that this aspect needs a little article, although if you install the linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 kernel which works for AMD and Intel, in a 32-bit architecture, it recognizes 4 or more Gigs of RAM and keeps support for 32-bit applications. If you have a Virtual Box or a VMWare installed, you will need to install the headers for that kernel and recompile those applications, as they did at the beginning. It's that simple and without mysteries.

    2.    David ariza said

      Or you install the large memory core called POE something like Linux generic 3. 02 .16 i 686 POE, which is what the system tells it to recognize more than 2 GB of memory, I have it and it works very well with 6 GB

  5.   Blaire pascal said

    I have rarely been able to with Debian, perhaps I have not tried it in its maximum splendor and in the long term. I always end up in Arch or "Red Hats."

  6.   Gibran said

    I like Ubuntu in its TLS version, the truth is that it is very stable, Debian is very good but I only use it on a server, it surprises me how versatile it is, in 12 minutes you can have a server running and ready to migrate all the information , with apt-get you avoid compiling code. I just tried Manjaro version 8.4, with the Xfce desktop and it surprised me, GNU / Linux has many advantages, it is a shame that so many projects do not have the infrastructure or the staff that is required.

  7.   Curefox said

    Debian is a good distro of that there is no doubt, but in my case I prefer Redhat and company.
    At the moment I use Servos a clone of Redhat with modifications and the truth is very good.

    1.    petercheco said

      I have also migrated to CentOS on servers and to Fedora on Desktop and laptop: D.

  8.   Francisco_18 said

    Yes, Debian is an excellent distro, for me, the best within GNU / linux, it is stable, simple, fast, sooo customizable and you learn a lot whether you want it or not.

    If Debian didn't exist…. honestly I would stay with fedora, for me the best after Debian, very stable, extremely updated, everything works the first time ... what if it has given me problems is yum in terms of dependencies, but removing that, it is a great distro , an excellent alternative to Ubuntu.

    The important thing is not to use X distro, if not to try distros I have to learn from each one, they all give us something, a point of view, or something with which we learn a lot technically speaking, it is useless to get stuck in a distro for very good that this is, what's more, right now, I just changed my Debian for GhostBSD, I was curious and now I'm tinkering with BSD.

    Greetings to everyone.

  9.   Helena said

    debian was one of the first distros that I tested, it is many things but above all stable…. Maybe so stable that it leans more for a server than for a desktop (it is my opinion), my sister who also likes the design, but she despairs because she still uses gimp 2.6 and I gimp 2.8 muuahahaha (uses crunchbang, based on debian) and the truth is install crunchbang for not having to be maintaining your PC xD.
    I don't like the package system very much…. Maybe I have pacmanitis or something like that, haha, but it seems a bit rough.
    Still, I respect Debian a lot, its journey as a project and the value of contributions to the GNU / Linux ecosystem is invaluable to end users.

    1.    Xykyz said

      I think it is also pacmanitis, it also happens to me.

      For a debian server I think it is great since it has reliable, stable and secure software, but for daily use I like to have modern programs and it is the great weak point of debian on the desktop.

      1.    miniminiyo said

        This can be solved by using the repositories in "testing" and you already have a lot of updated software and from the stability of debian, it also happened to me that everything seemed super obsolete, but when I put the appropriate repositories I was very comfortable, although I always finish rolling it up and going back to my dear xubuntu

  10.   alpj said

    stability + toy story, what more can you ask for in this life, hahahahahahahahahaha, I have not tried many distributions and I have spent a lot of time configuring debian to suit my tastes (which has done more than well).

  11.   Blitzkrieg said

    Yesterday I installed debian, it never caught my attention but we are going to give it the opportunity since everyone speaks wonderful if we refer to this distro

  12.   artbgz said

    Most of the time I spend it on Debian Testing and I love it, but that's only until it freezes and packages start to get old, then I switch to Ubuntu (in its "Gnome Remix" variant) until I see them come back to start updating Debian Testing packages, then I go back to Debian again. That is the cycle that I have been following for a few years now.

    1.    lawliet @ debian said

      Precisely freezing is part of the essence of Debian, it is fun to dip into the Sid packages, compile or even try the Ubuntu ones.

      1.    artbgz said

        I do not doubt that it is fun (in fact it is), but the truth is that I need to use the time in other more productive things, so I seek to have a functional and personalized system without having to fiddle too much.

    2.    David ariza said

      and why don't you use Debian with testing ??? I have it and to this day I update the most beautiful thing, I only use the mozilla backports to keep the iceweasel up to date and the rest runs like a feather with openbox ... you should try to give Testing for a while

  13.   pepper said

    Why do I use Debian?

    The most stable and secure Linux-based system that exists, after CentOS on servers and Ubuntu on desktop without more.

    Of course, it sins of being very traditional and many packages are not in the latest version due to stability and security, that is why it is the best on servers. On desktop I have to use testing to be a little up to date but I like it.

  14.   Constantine said

    It should have been the gnu / linux distribution that has adapted to my hardware, which is limited in resources, where I have achieved things that I would not do with windows

  15.   Ruffus- said

    Everything that has been mentioned can be done perfectly with other types of distributions, although Debian will always differentiate itself from the vast majority due to its fundamentalism, a situation that it shares with some other distributions that can go even further. The fact that it is universal to the ordinary user does not care. Never in our lives will we have access to "medium-performance servers, professional servers, server clusters, supercomputers, robots, etc." It is a purely marketing matter. The minimum consumption of resources is also a myth since it can be achieved with other distributions. Not to mention the topic of repositories, kernels, I use it out of habit. It was the one I started with and I have learned everything I know. What keeps bothering me so far is HORRENDOUS font rendering. It can't be worse.

    1.    Husband said

      You mean smoothing? That is a matter of the desktop you use, which generally is not modified and is "out of the box". Ubuntu achieves the smoothing by applying a mild type, I achieved the same effect in kde with debian. http://i.imgur.com/lRdAnwu.png

      1.    Ruffus- said

        Perhaps it is because I am going more blind than I already am, that is, a matter of the fonts that I usually use for the desktop as a whole and my documents, but it is that not even applying "smoothing" in Gnome, KDE, XFCE and LXDE, By reconfiguring fontconfig-config or applying Infinality patches I achieve an anti-aliasing like Ubuntu (which I think is the best). Not to mention the one that Windows 7 applies. Only bold letters can be seen well: /

        1.    Husband said

          How weird ... using ubuntu-font-family, ttf-liberation, and ttf-linux-libertine the debian fonts are improved (You are right that the presentation at first looks horrible on LCD, mostly when one enters a website also missing fonts). Ubuntu increases the dots per inch to 96, slight LCD smoothing and uses these sizes http://i.imgur.com/T8Nv0Z0.png . More or less together with themes it is identical to Ubuntu 10.10 http://i.imgur.com/m5VNLkD.png

    2.    albert I said

      I remember when I used Debian for the first time, with apt-get, what happened, coming from Gentoo. But install the paranoid configuration and in the end kill suse, all the way to Arch and from Arch to Chakra.

  16.   truko22 said

    I learned through courses and they used Debian, I love its easy configuration, there is a lot of information and of course its stability. I have it installed in two old junk a NSLU2 and an old HP both are NAS. On the desktop I really like Chakra Project better.

  17.   Husband said

    I got to know Debian thanks to an acquaintance who recommended it to me. I did not have internet and lived fighting in ubuntu with codecs, dependencies and each .deb that I downloaded manually. I just passed the DVD and I found a serious and stable system, never something strange. Later with Squeeze when it came out I installed it on a pc that I use as a home server, and to this day it continues as 2 years ago. Ubuntu LTS I also use it on several machines, nothing to envy to debian. The 12.10 never worked well for me, every so often crashing when I start vmware

    1.    lawliet @ debian said

      But the Ubuntu LTS is 12.04, you weren't wrong?

      1.    Husband said

        yes, 12.04 is LTS. I tried to update (actually do clean install) to 12.10 because I liked the progress of unity, but in the end it returned as it was before. When starting vmware 9 with a machine it gives "error in lsb-release" xorg crashes and the machine is checked, similar to a kernel panic (letters and numbers on the screen) but not. Anyway, I'll wait until 13.04 is very close

  18.   lawliet @ debian said

    The first time I used Linux it was because I screwed up Windows, I didn't know anything, I downloaded the CD (Ubuntu), booted it up and told him to erase everything because I no longer want Windows.
    I had a very bad time, but before I was like that, very extreme. Then I committed the biggest heresy, I went back to Windows and wanted to forget about Linux. 🙁 (Today I remember that and say: It's incredible, I can't believe it)
    I had another computer ...
    And on a day like today, but Easter Sunday I tried Linux Mint. I easily installed the driver for the wireless card. And that day I went back to Linux forever.
    Eventually Gnome 3 came out, when it came out I liked it a lot, then I hated it. Then I tried it again and I liked it, then I quit ...
    So I used Fedora ... And on a day like today but last year (And Easter week) I installed Debian.
    At first among many reasons I liked Debian because it had Gnome 2 (Debian Stable), and probably for that very reason I removed it.
    And I kept testing more distros and environments.
    In the end I got frustrated with Fedora and risked everything, I would erase my entire hard drive and install Debian Testing if it meets my expectations.
    And since this February 14 that I found my ideal distribution, if I had not found it, I would have taken my life or something like that.

    If I have something to say about Debian, it is that it works flawlessly, and it belongs to the community, not Ret Hat, SUSE or Canonical.

    1.    Xykyz said

      don't be offended but you seem bipolar installing and uninstalling for the same reasons xD

      1.    lawliet @ debian said

        Sometimes you get tired of things and try others, or at least new versions, and since what I mentioned did not happen as quickly as it seems, finally one learns and finds the most appropriate.

  19.   chechu995 said

    I started using debian, to continue expanding my horizons with linux
    As a former Ubuntu user, the next step was Debian.

    -Also say that I was surprised by its very low consumption, it is incredible compared to Win $.

  20.   3rn3st0 said

    I use it because I am a knowledge addict, because Debian allows me to learn something every day. That not everything is easy makes me investigate, discover and even allows me to meet people and establish friendships.

    Debian / KDE - Debian / OpenBox - Debian / XFCE have been my last three experiments. With the first I learned to use an OS without a graphical environment and then install it from scratch (also known as a console), then I decided to use the minimalist OpenBox window manager and I knew what it is to have a desktop that only serves to not waste time on ornaments . Now I use XFCE where I found a balance between both worlds. Just to give you an example. Using the console has become a fun game and even more, an exercise for my terrible memory, learning a command and its use weekly (learning it thoroughly, I mean), is something I owe to Linux and now Debian.

    By the way, I also used Ubuntu and then Mint. One of these days I am sure to install Slackware, Fedora, OpenSUSE and any other Linux that arouses my curiosity (actually all of them).

    That is why I use Debian, and why I will surely always use Linux.

    Greetings to everyone from Venezuela! 🙂

  21.   Ellery said

    Soon I will give myself the opportunity, I am still learning from arch and I like it a lot, but this is what it is about… ..Keep learning!

  22.   Saints said

    I use it for its stability, for the number of packages, because 99% of the packages work in one ... because I can have a 100% free software system, for the support time of the stable versions of almost three years (although CentOS has 5)… and because I don't suffer from versionitis, I still use Debian Lenny at the moment.

  23.   federico said

    Thank you all for your comments. Want to beautify Debian with packages from the repository?
    Shiki-Colors; Arc-Colors; Ubuntu-Fonts-Family; Compiz; Cairo-Dock. Of course, with the latter, consumption increases. A very good look is achieved.

    1.    David ariza said

      If you don't want an exaggerated consumption increase, use xcomprg or compton, they are very good, the configuration is easy and the increase is ridiculous and like adeskbar dock, with openbox running midori and SRware iron with 8 tabs open, the consumption was 315 mb. measured by htop ... and it looks good, shadows, transparencies, let's not say it's compiz but it's just to improve visibility

  24.   Rainbow_fly said

    Why using ubuntu felt like I was using Debian leftovers (honestly)

    And why Arch made my life complicated with certain settings

  25.   Lobo84 said

    Excuse my Ignorance but someone who knows kernel version will come in the next Testing, once Wheezy is stable. And if Grub or Grub2 comes by default.

  26.   Miguel said

    I was also an ubuntu user, you were delighted with 9,04, but the new versions began to increase resources and my computer was no longer doing so well, so I tried debian and was surprised by how clean it was,

  27.   pandev92 said

    I have tried many times but I can not, if they made ppa's of drivers for debian, to always have the latest intel drivers, or sets of icons easily etc, I would give it another chance.

  28.   VaryHeavy said

    I have used Debian assiduously for the last year and a half, especially for practice in my studies, basically because the base system that teachers master in my professional training cycle is Debian, but for my home environment at the beginning it was Mandriva, then I was a time with Ubuntu and Linux Mint, but my choice today and for more than a year is indisputably OpenSUSE.

  29.   dapig said

    It is true that debian is not the most up-to-date in the Gnu / Linux world, but that is why there is the testing branch, which has more current packages, that is, try them at your own risk. I have Wheezy and the testing packages and the system does not give problems.

  30.   anxova said

    I have been using Debian since relatively recently. Although I must admit that not in its original version. I started with Ubuntu based Linux Mint and then moved on to LMDE and currently have SolydX and SolydK on my home computers.
    The reason was above all the lower consumption of resources, since my computers are not exactly new. At first I was afraid that Debian was too "archaic", as I tried a LMDE distro from 2011 and it seemed like everything had gone back a couple of years from the usual Mint. But when I tried LMDE in its 2012 version and saw that they had already managed to barely notice the difference, I installed LMDE. I recently swapped LMDE for SolydX and Ubuntu-based Mint 13 KDE for SolydK, and the transition has been anything but dramatic. Now I think I make better use of machines.

  31.   eliotime3000 said

    Good article. Also, its versatility is what I like the most about that distro.

  32.   Vladimir said

    Why do I use Debian? .. for all the reasons you mentioned and one more important ... WHY I WANT !!

    1.    federico said

      Exact !!! 🙂

  33.   paco said

    I've practically tried them all from slack, arch, ... to suse and of course derivatives like ubuntu, bodhi, knoppix, ... with all kinds of desktops and without them hahaha
    Sooner or later it shows that most of them are based on debian (incl ios), that you can convert debian in ubuntu (for example) without the canonical trash, that all environments work perfectly, that there are no business interests behind (canonical, rhat, suse…) and that it doesn't put closed source blobs in the kernel, like most… free ones do? https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html
    If it did not exist they should ... Uff lignux would not be the same

  34.   federico said

    Thank you very much Paco for commenting on an article written years ago, but which is still valid. Up Debian !!!

    1.    Luigys toro said

      We thank you for having contributed such good content to this blog, hoping one day you will contribute your extensive knowledge again.

      1.    federico said

        Hello Luigys !!!
        I have no shortage of wishes to write again about Implementation of Services for small and medium businesses. I stopped publishing more than two years ago, and I dedicated myself to the study of Domain Controllers, OpenLAP, Samba 3 and 4, and so on. Those study-jobs paid their dividends. I know that you are the Master of the site and I invite you to write to me at my address: federicotoujague@gmail.com. We can talk more about the subject.

        1.    Luigys toro said

          Thank you very much Federico, a great pleasure to exchange email with you.

          In the same way, I take the opportunity to let the community know that they can communicate with me through admin@desdelinux.net, skype: tgtmundo and twitter: @lagharto