Choosing Debian GNU/Linux

Here’s a guy who like me chose Debian GNU/Linux. His tastes are a little different but he gets what he needs because Debian is reliable and diverse.“all the hardware and related software updating works insanely well, even better than at first, which wasn’t bad at all anyway with a minimal amount of research. Easier and far less time (and bandwidth) consuming than Windows with its constant reboot, check for more updates, reboot again, ad infinitum thing, not to mention having to update all the non-native software separately in a piecemeal manner. With Debian (or any Linux really) I can leave the machine running for months, and do, with no issues at all, updating all throughout that uptime. Maybe I’ll reboot for a kernel update just to see if the video driver thing’s been mildly futzed, but as I said, even that’s not been happening for months and months now. It’s rock solid stable and reliable.” It appears that Ubuntu GNU/Linux is more popular but that’s a result of Canonical actually having salesmen and major OEMs helping distribute their product. If Debian had such salesmen, it would not be a clone of Ubuntu GNU/Linux but quite a different fish.

For me, APT, the Advanced Packaging Tool, their “release when ready” approach, and their huge repository are the key features that make Debian GNU/Linux so attractive. I can get almost any PC to do my bidding with it. I too, usually start with a minimal installation, not even one box checked from the installer programme. I then add what I want in a computer system: X, XFCE4, my favourite applications and my favourite servers and databases. That turns any PC with a bit of RAM and CPU into a miniature version of the Internet with powerful nodes and great web applications. I use the browser for most things except polishing stuff for presentations. Debian GNU/Linux works for me.

See the other guy’s view at Two Years With Debian GNU/Linux – An Average Guy's Verdict.

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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8 Responses to Choosing Debian GNU/Linux

  1. oiaohm says:

    Gcc 4.8.4 has the patch Robert. The patch did not make it way into 4.9.x line and was not detected as missing due to test case not exactly testing for bug. Yes classic opps.

  2. Andrew Pinski wrote, “The bad compiler versions are 4.5.0 (when debug_insn came in) to 4.8.3 and 4.9.0 and 4.9.1.”

    So, at least we have a work-around. I can use 4.4. make uses gcc which is a link to gcc-4.9 now. I can change it to point to gcc-4.4.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson with gcc somethings are worth knowing. Like -fcompare-debug what is compared the debug form to the final form. Allows finding when gcc is broken a lot faster so you can change complier and keep on working.

  4. oiaohm says:

    https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=61904
    This is the Linus bug. Lets Red-zone opps.

    -fcompare-debug of gcc is such a great feature for locating optimizer stupidity.

  5. oiaohm wrote, “If you had got around to reading the gcc bugzilla you could make the problem disappear by altering flags.”

    I try to avoid learning anything about C. It’s bound to be obsolete on the next release.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson even Pascel like freepascal has optimizers and optimizers go south. The recent gcc issue is caused by a bug in implementing runtime buffer overflow protection exposing a internal hidden bug.

    I have gcc-4.7 gcc-4.8 gcc-4.9 on my debian. If you had got around to reading the gcc bugzilla you could make the problem disappear by altering flags. New test cases have been added.

    Debian is a very careful group they never ship one version of a complier history tells you from time to time 1 will break.

  7. Linus wrote, “This is your compiler creating completely broken code. We may need to add a warning to make sure nobody compiles with gcc-4.9.0, and the Debian people should probably downgrate their shiny new compiler.”

    Debian Wheezy, the current release, contains GCC versions 4.4, 4.6, and 4.7. 4.9 is from the “testing” flavour, months away from release. I run the testing flavour and have been building kernels that work for me with 4.9.1 . This more an example of the folly of using C for infrastructure.
    It’s just too fragile a language that the compiler has to be a part of the code for software. I don’t need to say what compiler to use for my Pascal code. Anything from the last 20 years works for me.

  8. Deaf Spy says:

    Linus advises against Debian:
    https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/7/24/584

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