#Debian has a new homepage - and I love the leading headline: "Debian is a #Community of People." Yes, it is also a Free operating system, but at a deeper level, the social contract reveals what it's really about: making the world a better place through software.
I have been a #Debian developer almost a quarter of a century now and I am glad to see these ideals continue to thrive.
@jgoerzen ya know, the HP logo started showing up on my boot screen after the Ubuntu 20.04 upgrade. I might join you. If I don't revert to BSD.
And, don't forget, only 3 days to DECSystem20 day, 2020 !
@eludom There is just a different feel about the non-profit distros. I used #FreeBSD a number of years ago; it's also great. My last look at it was 5 years ago now https://changelog.complete.org/archives/9317-has-linux-lost-its-way-comments-prompt-a-debian-developer-to-revisit-freebsd-after-20-years and I am about due for another one. I still like #Debian and its unattended-upgrades #security updates, and that it can run on so many architectures - but there are indeed many good choices out there, in both #Linux and #BSD land.
@vesperto @eludom Well, sorta. Yes, on paper, NetBSD may runs more places than Debian, and especially obsolete archs. But compare https://wiki.debian.org/SupportedArchitectures and https://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/ and the Tier I list is similar. The projects count differently (eg, Xen isn't a separate arch in Debian) but it's similar, and both have large Tier II lists.
To be supported, a Debian arch needs to be able to run nearly everything in the archive. Not just a minimal system. Everything from Apache to Rust and Go.
Summary is probably: NetBSD may get you a shell more places, but Debian may get you $FOO (Firefox, Rust, X, whatever) more places.
(Both claims unverified and based on past experience)
Both may meet certain needs better and I'm glad we have both!
@vesperto @eludom 3/ For a slight bit more nuance yet, both run on aarch64, which is the Raspberry Pi arch. On Debian you can download an SD image that supports the RPI4 out of the box with full hardware support (Wifi, etc). Not so with NetBSD. No doubt there may be cases where the inverse is true too.
My point again isn't that one is better than the other, but tthat I don't think one can really say "X runs more places than Y" because of all these nuances.
@jgoerzen This is a big piece of what makes Debian special. No for-profit scheme, no features held back for licencing, no fear that the things you depend on will be ripped away for business reasons. Just a bunch of people who love making Debian what it is.
For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).