I'm a third generation computer geek. I happen to like Perl, Ruby, XHTML, and C, in no particular order. I happen to dislike Visual Basic, VBScript, Python, and Java.
I'm a Linux geek — I'm a fan of Debian in particular. I know a lot about Windows system administration. The knowledge and experience that goes with my familiarity and expertise with Windows is part of the reason I like Debian GNU/Linux so much.
That's it for now.
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I've been thinking about what it is that makes various distributions different from each other. Here's sort of a rambling list of factors:
I think that's all I've got for now. Some of these can probably be combined. In fact, if you really want to generalize things, I think all of that can be combined into two overall catch-all categories of characteristics:
This, of course, helps to explain how I have ended up preferring Debian over other distributions. I like the fact that the easiest way to install Debian is a bare-bones minimal install that includes some very few necessary amenities (like bash). It loads drivers pretty well, installs reasonably quickly (about a third the time of any Windows install), uses a fairly simple installer (now that the new installer has been available for a few months), and doesn't install anything I don't want.
Once installed, of course, I then will want to install some packages to make it "home". The idea of a bare-bones install is that it makes for a machine that runs lean, devoid of cruft, and allows you to install only those software packages you actually want.
The software management for Debian is excellent. Apt is so great that everyone else is trying to incorporate it into their distros, now. In fact, the Red Hat based community distro (Fedora) is offering decent support for apt. Considering Red Hat introduced the RPM, the "other" package format (as contrasted with Debian's "deb" packages), that really seems to be a pretty notable indicator. In any case, apt works more smoothly with Debian than with any other distro, and the Debian archives are bulletproof and extremely friggin' extensive. It's quite a simple thing to find, get an idea of the value of, and add non-official servers for apt to use, if you want to.
Apt's slickness and powerful, flexible functionality not only allows for great ease and convenience of system management, though: it also provides for about the easiest method available for adding exactly the software you want to a minimal, lean install.
Yep. Debian is about perfect, for my tastes.