Ubuntu or Debian

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by open4vee, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. open4vee

    open4vee New Member

    I'm newly in open source. Therefore,I would like to know that what is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian?. And which one is more stable and reliable? It would be kindly of you,if anyone can give me the answer and reason. And also if I want to install a new server, which one should be selected?

    Thank you in advance for the answer.
    Vee :confused:
  2. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Ubuntu is a nice Linux distribution and has excellent hardware recognision and it is based on the Debian unstable branche.
    For this reason the available software packages are more new, but probably not always stable.

    Debian stable (codename Sarge) is the most stable Linux distribution i know.
    It can be compared with the stability of freeBSD, which is a Unix distro.

    The disadvantage of using Debian is that you can not always make use of the latest software.

    So, if you are looking for a reliable Linux distribution, i would choose for Debian. And...Debian has one of the best package systems available!
  3. Ben

    Ben ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    @Hans: To lower the gap between stable release and the possibility to have newer packages I would prefer CentOS (based on RHEL) and using the "extra" branch if it's needed.
    Even if there are packemaintainers like dotdeb etc. for debian I once had problems upgrading debian with aptitude due to unsolvable dependencies between the dotdeb stuff and the normal stuff.
  4. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    That's good to know Ben, thanks!
    I did not mention anything about other distros, because Open4vee was asking about Ubuntu or Debian.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2006
  5. open4vee

    open4vee New Member

    Thank a lot.

    Thank a lot for your useful information.
  6. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    For server I normally recommend Debian and for desktops I recommend Ubuntu :)
  7. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Me too! :)

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