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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    Having used debian and ubuntu extensively, it is just a matter of personal preference. I like both. However, ubuntu is a bit more beginner friendly.

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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    I like the documentation better. It's easier to figure things out and get help. They don't patch things as much as Ubuntu does, because they're not trying to be cutting edge, so when you have a problem you can even go upstream right to the source for assistance with your problem. Not always possible with Ubuntu. E.g., laptopmode tools on Karmic.

    Also, Debian doesn't push changes on the users like Ubuntu. Ubuntu pushed pulse out, and users had to figure out how to get alsa back if they had problems. Then they pushed compiz out, and users had to figure out getting metacity back if they have problems. For Lucid they're pushing out indicator applets, and the forum will soon be filled with people requesting help on restoring the old behaviour.

    The above isn't necessarily a bad thing. That's what being cutting edge is all about, pushing out new things. For me though, I like to be able to choose what new things I try. I can choose ext4, but it's not default. I can choose pulse, but it's not default. I can install compiz, but it's not default. And so on.
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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by oOarthurOo View Post
    Also, Debian doesn't push changes on the users like Ubuntu. Ubuntu pushed pulse out, and users had to figure out how to get alsa back if they had problems.
    Pulse Audio had worked almost flawlessly on Ubuntu for me, and has for quite awhile. Debian Testing on the other hand, I installed it and half of my stuff isn't working. I've been meaning to fix it but I've been kind of busy lately.
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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    well some people want to run debian unstable and get the latest packages. Some people think debian has better policies about choosing only free software packages. I think those are both pretty valid points.
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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by drascus View Post
    well some people want to run debian unstable and get the latest packages. Some people think debian has better policies about choosing only free software packages. I think those are both pretty valid points.
    This is why. Well, it's a lot of *my* reasoning for preparing to use Debian [actually Xebian, but that doesn't really make a difference].
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    Re: why do people shift to debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueshiftoverwatch View Post
    Pulse Audio had worked almost flawlessly on Ubuntu for me, and has for quite awhile. Debian Testing on the other hand, I installed it and half of my stuff isn't working. I've been meaning to fix it but I've been kind of busy lately.
    I think the changes Ubuntu pushed out worked flawlessly for most people. In fact, pulse works better in Ubuntu for me, out of the box as it were, than in Debian.But it is a different approach.
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