I am looking at various options for a Linux distribution these days. Some of them I discussed in my previous post on how to choose a Linux distribution. I also discussed CentOS. Here I would like to point out some factors why I am leaning toward Debian.
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Debian gives you options with complete freedom to do with them what you want. It is a stable, conservative distribution which is great for servers. If you want to use it on desktops, use their testing and unstable branches, or try out Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or SimplyMEPIS. So sticking with Debian ecosystem gives you everything you need out of an open source OS.