Every year or so, there's a new Linux distro darling. Last year's was Ubuntu, and I've lost track of what this year's favorite penguin might be.
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Another old distro that many new users simply ignore because it's got too much of a geek stigma is Debian. This is one of the original distros, first pubbed back in the early '90s, with a long history of development. And in fact, many of the new distro darling packages are based on Debian, including Ubuntu. Debian's maturity, however, has several advantages: