Growth Of Debian GNU/Linux

Debian has been around for a long time. It is a mature, diverse distro highly valued by users. Stefano Zacchiroli and others have extracted interesting information about historical releases of Debian GNU/Linux. This graph shows just the volume of the release. As you can see numbers of source packages have increased roughly linearly with release but lines of source code have increased faster. The number of packages reflect the diversity of users, developers and package-managers while the lines of source-code reflect the maturity of the code, added features and so on. My take is that Debian GNU/Linux is not just getting older. It’s getting better. I’ve been using Debian GNU/Linux since “Sarge” and I’ve rarely regretted the decision to try the “difficult easy” distro. The only reason I didn’t try it earlier was because folks told me it was difficult. It wasn’t. I can type. I can click. I can read. Therefor I use Debian GNU/Linux, the thinking person’s distro.

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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