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Decisions about Debian, openSUSE, and Ubuntu
Michaël SCHERER
Fullstack Dev at Synovo Group · | 9 upvotes · 20.5K views
Chose
Ubuntu
over
Windows

Ubuntu always let people do what they want to do, it pushes its users to know what they are doing, what they want and helps them learn what they ignore.

Ubuntu is simple, works out-of-the-box after installation and has a incredibly huge community behind.

Ubuntu is lightweight and open, in the way, that the user has access to free AND efficient applications (most of the time, without ads) and, even if learning its folder structure is challenging, once done, you are really able to call yourself "someone who knows what is in your computer".

Windows, in comparison, is heavy, tends to make decision for you and always enable tracking application by default. grr

It has a simple user interface, of course, but on the stability point of view, it is hard to compete with something simpler (even with less features).

Personal preference : I prefer something simple that works 99% of the time, than a full-featured auto-magical system that works 50% of the time (and ask if the good version of the driver is really installed...)

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Dimelo Waterson

Coming from a Debian-based Linux background, using the Ubuntu base image for my Docker containers was a natural choice. However, the overhead, even on the impressively-slimmed Hub images, was hard to justify. Seeking to create images that were "just right" in size, without unused packages or dependencies, I made the switch to Alpine.

Alpine's modified BusyBox has a surprising amount of functionality, and the package repository contains plenty of muslc-safe versions of commonly-used packages. It's been a valuable exercise in doing more with less, and, as Alpine is keen to point out, an image with fewer packages makes for a more sustainable environment with a smaller attack surface.

My only regret is that Alpine's documentation leaves a lot to be desired.

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Ubuntu is much more faster over Windows and helps to get software and other utilities easier and within a short span of time compared to Windows.

Ubuntu helps to get robustness and resiliency over Windows. Ubuntu runs faster than Windows on every computer that I have ever tested. LibreOffice (Ubuntu's default office suite) runs much faster than Microsoft Office on every computer that I have ever tested.

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Pros of Debian
Pros of openSUSE
Pros of Ubuntu
  • 49
    Massively supported
  • 45
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 6
    Aptitude
  • 4
    It is free
  • 4
    Customizable
  • 4
    Works on all architectures
  • 2
    Stable
  • 1
    Snapshot
  • 1
    Lightweight for server
  • 1
    Reliable
  • 1
    Rolling release
  • 224
    Free to use
  • 97
    Easy setup for testing discord bot
  • 56
    Gateway Linux Distro
  • 53
    Simple interface
  • 6
    Don't need driver installation in most cases
  • 4
    Open Source
  • 3
    Many active communities
  • 2
    Easy to custom

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Cons of Debian
Cons of openSUSE
Cons of Ubuntu
  • 8
    Old versions of software
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    • 4
      Demanding system requirements
    • 3
      Adds overhead and unnecessary complexity over Debian

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    What is Debian?

    Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

    What is openSUSE?

    The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community.

    What is Ubuntu?

    Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.

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    What are some alternatives to Debian, openSUSE, and Ubuntu?
    Fedora
    Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
    CentOS
    The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
    Linux Mint
    The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
    Arch Linux
    A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
    Linux
    A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
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    How developers use Debian, openSUSE, and Ubuntu
    TIS Global Solutions uses
    Debian

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    Chitram TV

    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses
    Ubuntu

    We use Ubuntu for our more bleeding-edge servers like the web-server that heavily rely on modern ciphers and negotiation protocols like ALPN, aswell as for things that are included within ubuntus package-sources, but not within debians.

    Doug Bromley uses
    Ubuntu

    Excellent foundation by being based on Debian. But with excellent long term support for security updates in the LTS editions along with a huge community providing an unparalleled pool of community knowledge.

    Promethean TV uses
    Ubuntu

    PrometheanTV server infrastructure runs on the Ubuntu Operating System. Ubuntu Server is used on various EC2 instances and Ubuntu Desktop is used by technical staff as a desktop development environment.

    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses
    Debian

    Debian is our primary distribution for our game-servers for the time being. We plan to shift our infrastructure towards Docker-Containers/CoreOS though.

    Yechan Kim uses
    Ubuntu

    가장 대중적인 Debian 기반 Linux 배포판. 기존에는 그나마 쓸만한 데스크톱 환경을 밀고 들어와 많은 사람들의 추앙을 받았으나 그마저도 점점 산으로 가서 욕을 잔뜩 먹었다. 최근에는 빨간 모자의 자리를 넘보며 서버 사이드에서도 많이 쓰이는 중.

    papaver uses
    Debian

    my goto linux distro. what all my vms are created from. small and well built. apt-get rocks. been using it on and off since college.

    Gitt uses
    Ubuntu

    Widely used, large community and updated frequently. P.S: We use a slighly modified version of Ubuntu Server for database management.

    PawByte uses
    Debian

    The Debian Linux distribution of Linux is supported for the Game Pencil Engine Editor.

    We Understand Technology uses
    Debian

    We use Debian based Ubuntu for most projects as they have frequent updates.