Demand for Debian GNU/Linux Spreads

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).

see New mirrors closer to Debian users

For those unfamiliar with APT, here are some
features:

  • 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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Demand for Debian GNU/Linux Spreads

  1. iLia wrote, “they will sell Windows 7”.

    It’s not clear that OEMs will continue to ship “7”. M$ is excited to have them promote “8”. I expect “7” has peaked.

  2. iLia says:

    the repository of packages is huge with tens of thousands of packages in more than a dozen categories like editors, games, web applications…

    Packages, not applications, there is a huge difference, one application can consist of dozens of packages. Apply some division.

    you can keep a list of your favourite packages and install them all at once

    Only if my favorite applications are included in the repository.

    If M$ cannot convince developers…developers…developers to develop then how they suppose to sell Metrofail?

    nohow, they will sell Windows 7

    And tell me why the version of my favorite application is somewhat outdated, there is a much newer version on the developers site?

  3. dougman says:

    Again M$ plays catch-up with Linux, notice they don’t mention the total count of apps, how embarrassing. I seem to recall it was only a hundred.

    If M$ cannot convince developers…developers…developers to develop then how they suppose to sell Metrofail?

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2012/04/13/windows-8-store-with-99-metro-apps-is-it-behind-schedule/

    A package manager was light years ahead of its time, Linux Mint makes the repository look nice. 🙂

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