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In Search of the King of the Linux Distros

When it was proclaimed in an article recently that “Debian is the most influential Linux distribution ever,” it was a rare geek who didn’t sit up and take notice. Sure enough, that’s just what Datamation’s Bruce Byfield asserted in a recent article, adding that “not everyone uses Debian, but, both alone and second hand through […]

Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze)

I have been a bit slack in not writing about the release of Debian GNU/Linux 6.0, which was made over a month ago now. A new Debian stable release is always a big deal, not least because it doesn’t happen very often, and it doesn’t happen on a predictable, regular schedule.

The Spiral tribe – marking the end of Debian’s unpredictable release schedule

The launch of Debian 6.0 Squeeze may mark the end of Debian’s unpredictable release schedule, but it’s still the domain of FOSS purists, says Linux User & Develop columnist, Richard Hillesley…

More blogging systems – with Debian as a guide

Blosxom, PyBlosxom, Nanoblogger — hell, even WordPress and Movable Type are available as Debian packages. I wondered, was I missing other blogging platforms, both flat-file and database-driven?

Counting derivatives

With this article, Bruce has made me quite a favor in harvesting distrowatch to refresh the figures about the number of derivatives that I often use in speeches. The need of doing that has been polluting my LaTeX “% TODO” comments for a while now… Here they are:

Debian wins two awards at CeBIT

Debian was presented the award for best open source server distribution by Peter Ganten, managing director of Univention who emphasised the pioneering work done by the project in defining free software standards and processes. The Debian project also received the award for outstanding contribution to open source/Linux/free software

Debian takes security very seriously… but how?

So my question is this: how can Debian honestly argue that they take security very seriously? It looks like it takes ages to get something done, which is usually not a big deal when talking about new features, but is definitely a problem when talking about security.

Adventures in Debian

When one’s computer becomes unstable, it’s natural to think first of a particular app or the desktop. After that, one may tend to suspect the operating system. Finally one may find it turns out to be hardware at fault. This is what happened to me recently, and at the operating system phase, Debian became a […]

Debian is Still the Top Linux

By any standard, Debian is the most influential Linux distribution ever. Not everyone uses Debian, but, both alone and second hand through Ubuntu, it is the source of more derivative distributions than any other.

Linux Leaders: Debian and Ubuntu Derivative Distros

By any standard, Debian is the most influential Linux distribution ever. Not everyone uses Debian, but, both alone and second hand through Ubuntu, it is the source of more derivative distributions than any other.

Debian is dying, oh my word!

This is the first article to kick off our new Debian column here on OMG! Ubuntu – Ever since the release of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, there’s an ongoing debate about whether Debian is still relevant or whether the project is going to die.

Debian is changing

I’ve been playing with snapshot.d.o, which is a fantastic resource to look at how Debian has been changing over the years.

Squeeze, Debian, and the FSF

Short version: “Dear FSF, thanks for your appreciation of Debian Squeeze achievements in getting rid of non-free firmware blobs. We still disagree on the overall freeness assessment of Debian, but I’m positive that steps like this one can further future collaboration, in the interest of both projects”.

Debian 6 Has A Few Rough Spots: Review

Version 6 of Debian GNU/Linux, the popular open-source project that bills itself as “the universal operating system,” hit the Internet on ‘Superbowl Sunday’, packing a trove of updated applications and a pair of new editions to burnish its universal billing.

A response to DistroWatch “Introducing Debian GNU/Linux 6.0”

The 8th DistroWatch Weekly of 2011 feature article, “Introducing Debian GNU/Linux 6.0”, comes in as a qualified success for Debian…..All well and good, let’s explore some of Mr. Smith’s comments in light of my own rather long history of using Debian.

Debian 6: First Impressions

Did Debian have a contest to redesign its graphics and it wasn’t made public? Did a third grader win that contest? Other than the graphical goofs, Debian 6 is Debian and that’s a good thing.

Debian 6 Offers Updated Applications, Few Rough Spots

This latest release, which is also known by the Toy Story-inspired name “Squeeze,” will play well in server deployments that draw on open-source components, which the Debian project has a knack for packaging up for easy installation over one of the project’s repository mirror sites.

Debian “Squeeze” makes key progress toward being a fully free distribution

With last Saturday’s “Squeeze” release, Debian took an important step towards being a fully free distribution and ensuring freedom for its users.

Is Debian Dying?

The noticeable lack of hard facts disturbed me, so I decided to see if I could find any indicators of Debian’s health on-line. On Facebook, Vaughan-Nicholls explained that his basic question was, “‘Where will the new Debian developers come from to keep it going?’ I see 20-something developers working on Android or Ubuntu, Debian, not […]

Debian 6 Squeeze

It wasn’t too long ago that I did a very late review of Debian 5. I’m happy to say that it didn’t take me nearly as long to get around to the latest release, Debian 6 Squeeze. If you aren’t familiar with Debian then this release is a great chance to learn about a distro […]

Upgrade to Debian Squeeze and Mediawiki woes

Just a number of days ago Debian released Squeeze as the new stable version. I decided to test the upgrade one or two of CC’s servers to see how it would go. The upgrade process was standard and went without problems, as one comes to expect with Debian. Any problems with the upgrade didn’t manifest […]

Debian6.0 Squeeze is released! With Screenshots Tour

Finally, after 24 Months of constant developement Debian Squeeze 6.0 has been released today, this release comes with many updates and new features, it includes the KDE Plasma Desktop and Applications, the debianGNOME, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments…

Debian Linux was important: Will it continue to be?

When I asked the rhetorical question, “Is Debian Linux still relevant?” I knew I’d cause a ruckus. But, I also felt the question needed to be asked: For Debian’s own good. Seriously.

Debian 6.0 Breaks Free of Restrictive Licenses

The new Debian release is notable in many ways, not least of which is that it is the first version ever to incorporate an entirely free Linux kernel, using only software published under the GNU General Public License (GPL) or other free licenses compliant with the official Open Source Definition.

Previous Article Why Debian matters more than ever

If you look at the feature list for Debian 6, released on February 6, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. This is especially true when measuring Debian against its offspring, like Ubuntu. Looks, however, can be deceiving — Debian is as relevant as it ever was, despite opinions to the contrary.

The new Debian Linux: Irrelevant?

Once upon a time, a new Debian Linux release was a big deal in Linux circles. It still is, but its child, Ubuntu Linux, is the Linux distribution that gets all the headlines. There’s a reason for that. Over the years, Debian has become more and more a Linux just for Linux fanatics while the […]

Debian 6.0 release is happening now

As predicted – the release is starting this weekend 5/6 February 2011. IRC channels are starting to buzz — #debian-release – and there’s also a live commentary session at

Two days till Debian Squeeze goes Stable

A lot of Debian users prefer running Unstable/Sid or Testing on the desktop. I may very well take that route myself. There’s also talk of a Constantly Usable Testing branch of Debian.

Debian Squeeze – free and non-free – Realtek Ethernet

With debian (6.0) squeeze release just days away, I have been following some of the news closely. My interest is in free software that can be modified and distributed under reasonable terms, and much of what Debian does I like.

Cross Platform Application Installer Meeting Could Mark A Milestone: Debian Project Leader

openSuse’s Vincent Untz organized a meeting around cross-platform application installer in Germany. The meeting was attended by developers representing major distros. Debian is one of the most reputed distributions, which also wears the crown of being the father/mother of popular distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint. We talked to Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian project leader, to […]

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