Posted on December 27, 2013 at 7:23 AM
If you’ve tinkered with Linux a bit and want to move beyond the basics, here’s how to narrow down that selection and find the distribution that fits your needs.
Debian uses DEB packages (a different format to RPM which arguably has better dependency management and has been geared towards automatic updating over the Internet since the early days). Debian is put together by a community of volunteers rather than having the backing of any commercial organisation. This means that new versions of Debian are released when the community regards them as ready for public use rather than when shareholders expect a release. The benefit of this approach is that stable releases of Debian tend to be very solid. The downside is that stable releases of Debian don’t always contain the latest and greatest versions of software. For an internet facing server this shouldn’t be an issue – having battle-test software with the latest patches should be. Debian will provide this.