Few days ago somebody asked me why do I use Debian and why do I think is the best distribution out there. After explaining for around 30 minutes I decided to put my thoughts about this in here just in case somebody is wandering why to choose Debian GNU and not other derived from Debian distributions.

  • Easy upgrades

  • Inclusion of more than 29.000 integrated software packages

  • Rock-solid stability, there is no need to reboot for standard updates or upgrades

  • Superior system security

  • Proven reliability in real world situations by thousands of demanding commercial, industrial, academic and non-profit organizations around the globe

  • The most carefully thought out policy of any computing platform

  • Provides significant consistency among packages

  • Requires separation of configuration, code, and data

  • Packaging modularity requirements allow for a smaller footprint

  • Consistent help interface: Man pages are required, info(1) is optional

  • Institutionalizes the value of working to support 100% of users without disadvantaging any type of user

  • Default configurations should work for most users without configuration

  • Much, much more!

  • Relatively straightforward configuration and upgradeability

  • Source code availability to help us find bugs, fix security flaws without waiting for patches, and customize features to better meet your business objectives

  • Support by a community that includes over 1,200 registered developers

  • The most cosmopolitan Linux distribution with large installed bases in every region on SpaceShip Earth making it uniquely positioned to benefit from the growing trends of globalization

  • Supported by a guiding vision in its Social Contract and Software Guidelines that will ensure a dedicated army of people from all around the globe to keep Debian improving on a sustainable basis

  • Democratic governance structure that helps ensure success moving forward

  • The best bug tracking system of any Linux distribution to rout out bugs and misfeatures

  • Like the Linux kernel, Debian developed as the spontaneously collaborative initiative of hundreds and eventually thousands of individuals. Phenomena that spontaneously organize have a primacy in their constitution that is rare, special, long-lived and fundamentally re-orienting for society and markets (as Woodrow Wilson observed, “the highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people”)

  • The synergetic effect of these advantages is that our Debian-focused development is less expensive and more robust than if we based our software on other Linux distributions

  • Is the only distro that can run on many CPU architectures, you have the option to have not only the Linux kernel but NetBSD, FreeBSD and Hurd kernels as well