When colleagues or friends think about breaking out of their walled garden environments, and are asking me which Linux distribution I could recommend, my answer is always the same – I recommend what I’m using myself since over 15 years, and that is Debian GNU/Linux.
Why? Well here someone lists 7 reasons. And having been inside the community myself a bit, I know that it’s simply the best no-nonsense non-commercial and free thing out there. Nothing else comes even close, so it even runs the ISS nowadays – and pretty much the rest of the world as well.
So there you have my recommendation, plus some arguments for it. Oh, and before I forget the most compelling argument: I run Debian just because it’s fun!
The current stable release of Debian while I write this is version 8.2, better known as “Jessie”:
Update from January 28th, 2016:
I’ve read and saved this one quite a while ago, but I just discovered it again. And it’s also a perfect good description of Debian and their package managing tool apt:
“It’s a 100% bug-free solution to all life’s problems, requiring no human intervention at any stage, and I especially love its rich chocolatey flavour”! – Justin B. Rye challenged with “I don’t think it is possible to over-sell APT” in a thread about how to describe Debian to new users
Thanks again for reading.