A few days ago, I wrote the Dependability, Reliability and Stability? Not with Micro$lop! article, and now my Dell Precision T3400 is running a freshly installed version of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (using the amd64 stable release).
I deploy Debian GNU/Linux exclusively, on all company web servers and have for several years. I’ve been through Sarge, Etch and Lenny. Debian’s development process goes out of it’s way to ensure performance, reliability and stability over anything else. In my mind this strict development process makes Debian GNU/Linux the only responsible choice for a server environment.
I have been using Debian GNU/Linux on my desktop the last several days and I’m still impressed. However, Debian just does not have everything one might want in a desktop OS (Operating System). I find myself wanting more graphical options; something a little more “Cutting Edge” in a desktop.
So, I’m switching the OS on my system; again.
First Determining Factor
The GNU Project‘ believes
free refers to freedom, not to price…
This is something I’ve been on board with for quite some time.
Second Determining Factor
While I do a lot of management from the command line interface, a lot of my daily work is visual. I want things to grab my attention and demand my focus, or I get board with them. To this end, I have found my favorite Linux GUI to be the K Desktop Environment (KDE).
KDE is a powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. Most KDE software falls under GNU Licensing, which, in my mind kind of ties them back to my First Determining Factor. This project is also in the process of porting applications into Microsoft Windows OS environments (not that this a huge deal to me).
Third Determining Factor
In my Dell on Board with Linux Development I mentioned:
The Dell Linux Engineering website is intended to provide useful information for using Linux on Dell equipment. Dell boasts their partnership with Red Hat, Novell / SuSE, and Ubuntu…
As a manufacturer, Dell is clearly on board with Linux. One of my current desktops is a Dell Precision T3400 and I like knowing I have Dell as resource for support, if/when I need it.
Let me see:
- I have several years of Debian GNU/Linux experience.
- I’m on board with what the GNU Project stands for.
- I favor the KDE GUI.
- Dell is currently supporting Ubuntu as an OS.
- Debian is the rock on which Ubuntu is built.
So, which Linux Distro am I going to install on my desktop?
Common, don’t act as if the article title didn’t give the answer away.