I’ve been using Debian for 4 years. I started with Ubuntu 10.04, which was LTS and stayed with it for several months but I dropped it in favor of Debian for several reason:
- A new version every 6 months, man? Are you out of mind? The updating tool to advance from a version to another at that time, often failed so you would have gotten an unusable system, to the point that users in Ubuntu forum suggested a clean install when it came the moment to upgrade your Ubuntu version. No way man.
- Unity: at the time I had a crappy laptop, an old 2004 Hp Compaq nc 6000 with a single core Intel Centrino and 2 gb of ram and a more crappy ATI video card. No way I could run ATI proprietary drivers to get Unity work properly.
- If you don’t know what you’re doing, in Ubuntu it’s very easy to mess everything up adding indiscriminately external PPAs to have a newer version of packages and applications which, otherwise, would have never updated anymore. Actually I hated this policy; at least in the LTS versions you got security updates to fix some bugs but stop here.
I’ve switched to Debian testing, I believe at that time was Squeeze but I don’t care about the name since Debian testing is rolling, in the sense that you can install it and never care about version upgrades, because packages are constantly updated. I installed Debian on that very crappy laptop, that, when power was needed, the fan made the same noise as a vacuum cleaner. Debian + KDE. In spite of what people says about KDE, if you remove all animations and decoration you have an honest and high customizable OS, really fast and smooth.
Afterwards, I changed laptop, I bought an Acer E1 with the intel core i5 4200 U, the intel HD 4400 (I didn’t need a discrete video card), 8 gb ram. It came with Win8.1 and, because of the damn UEFI, I went through hell to set up a dual-boot (FYI, I used refind, if you need it one day) with Win8.1 (I didn’t feel like removing it, I PAID for it) and Debian. Well, I bought this laptop in January 2014 and I never had the need to replace Debian with a newer version, updates are constant. And the experience with my laptop is amazing, everything worked out of the box (except for the fn keys to adjust the screen brightness, but I solved this issue). And, Gnome shell is the best DE available now as then.
Why I like Linux so much and why you should consider to try it?
- it has a certain learning curve but, once you went through it you’ll realize how much easy is Debian or Ubuntu or Mint to use; really, it’s much more immediate than Windows.
- You have no virus. Ok, that’s a lie, actually there exist some malware that can strike Linux system but consider this: Windows is used by billions people, while Linux is installed in few millions people’s computer, so why bothering to create a virus for few people when you can infect and harm billions computers?
- As a consequence of the previous point, the system requires fewer resources to run and less time to boot
- Customization. Oh, man, Linux is customization heaven. You can change everything to your need, the colors, the fonts, the icons, the background, the dimension of fonts, the padding of the buttons, the width and the height of the notification popups as well as where these notification popups will appear. Are you tired of your DE? Just change it in a few commands.