Russia and Malaysia have new mirrors of the Debian repository of Free Software. This shows the continuing global acceptance of Debian GNU/Linux as a great distribution of software. People value the price ($0), the performance (lack of malware, not phoning home) and the flexibility (APT package management system).
For those unfamiliar with APT, here are some
- type a command or click a GUI and install/remove/upgrade/query a software package or a cluster of related packages, or security updates, using the same software as the Debian OS installer,
- the repository of packages is huge with tens of thousands of packages in more than a dozen categories like editors, games, web applications…
- the repository is searchable by keywords, dependencies, versions, names, etc.
- you can see known bugs and the bug-killing history of any package,
- you can keep a list of your favourite packages and install them all at once, and
- you can upgrade to the next release using the same system. You can even install it before release for testing.
In short, APT is absolutely fabulous and alone is reason enough to use Debian GNU/Linux for all your IT. For those unsatisfied with the speed of the web an organisation can keep a local repository mirror or cache to transfer software to computers at the speed of a LAN. That’s awesome.