Debian at Fifteen


About 6 years ago, I installed Debian on a headless server and have never used any other Linux distribution since on my servers. This headless server started out with “Potato”, I dist-upgraded to “Woody”, then to “Sarge”, and now it’s running “Etch”. Never has this server required me to put a monitor and keyboard on it to diagnose a problem, 6 years of apt-gets and it’s still running strong.

Aside from the software aspect of Debian, there is the feeling of running the last of the true Linux distros. Ubuntu may have the newbie camp locked up, but it’s Debian that users flock to when they’re ready to take off the training wheels. It’s no wonder that Debian is used as the basis for so many Linux distributions today, it just plain works.

Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debentures of quality
And dubious integrity