Why should someone use Debian over another distribution?

January 18, 2006
I think the reason I run Debian rather than anything else is because its as true to the Unix philosophy as it can get: each of the system components does what it should, does that as well as it can, and otherwise keeps out of your way. Nothing on the system happens without your consent. And because everything is designed with little pieces building on top of each other, it's easy to keep an overview. This directly translates into manageability and security. In other words, you control the system, and not the other way around"
This was the reply given by Martin.F.Krafft, the author of the best selling book "The Debian System" in an interview with Sal Cangeloso when this question was posed to him. The interview also touched on topics on various other aspects of the Debian system like the importance of Debian policy to the final product, the path the author would like to see Debian adopt in the future and many more.

The questions have been well thought out and the replies are quite insightful which makes reading the whole interview a worthwhile exercise.


  • Debian truly is a god among mortals.

  • I'd like to use RedHat, but wait...
    I'd like to use Mandrake, but wait...
    The point is, Debian has demonstrated staying power and, IMO, has the highest likelihood among current distributions of still being around for the long haul. I'm an administrator, and this long-lived and slow-moving stability of Debian, which frustrates people who want to be on the bleeding edge of Linux, compels me to keep using Debian.