Debian or Ubuntu?

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at
Mon May 12 08:28:00 UTC 2008

On Fri, 09 May 2008 12:32:53 -0400
Kitchen <kitchen at> wrote:

> I've been lurking on the list for a while, but haven't posted before. 
> We're looking at upgrading our co-lo web server which is now running 
> Debian Sarge. Some people we know have suggested we take a look at 
> Ubuntu, which is based on Debian. Is there anywhere a balanced 
> overview of the pros and cons of using Debian or Ubuntu?
> I'd appreciate any URLs or your own thoughts. Thanks.

Personally, Debian servers, *buntu Desktops.

I found Debian before I did *buntu, which probably explains that somewhat - there is no major reason, to my knowledge, why I'd switch servers from Debian to *buntu, but there is for desktops.

Support is largely cross-compatible (especially once you take the desktop aspects [GUI, hibernation, Wifi etc.] out of it), and everything else is near-identical (tools. fs layouts, apt, even most defaults), except for the updates. Debian-Stable has more stable updates than the *buntu desktops. I've not used a *buntu server edition against which I can compare.

Avi Greenbury

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