Looking for reasons for why you should insist using Debian when you can have it in many, many flavours? This blog contains some of the answers.
Read it at The Kenosha Badger's Lair (and no, he has absolutely nothing to do with Ubuntu):
I've been asked why I insist on running Debian when others just pop in one of the many Distros that are derived from that Distro. People tell me that “I can just install it and everything works… So why are you taking the time to configure Debian?” While I have little interest in converting users to Debian, that's a fair question. There have been times when I ask myself the same thing.
In part I run Debian because I enjoy learning how the configuration process works, but, many of those processes are, with the latest Debian net-install, already set up. I always get a decent screen, and eth0 is always detected… Apt is always immediately available and I have a huge list of repositories to draw apps from. Although the setup requires a little more knowledge and information at hand, really, the configuration is not all that different, or difficult, or lengthy.
In part, I run Debian because none of the other Distros are set up the way I prefer them to be, either visually or (in some cases) structurally. Could I work on those other Distros? Sure, but why would I want to when I can configure then exactly as I want them
It was spotted at Debcentral