Why Debian over Ubuntu
At least twice someone has posed the question of "why would someone choose Debian over Ubuntu?". Ubuntu is a downstream distribution of Debian adding many more features. Among those features are support for more up-to date packages, a better chance of hardware working out-of-the-box, and other goodies.
- For me, I appreciate the minimal install and choosing all my software, as opposed to Ubuntu's install our favourite apps by default. Just feels like my base system is a little cleaner.
- Secondly it feels like I probably have a more consistent OS. With each downstream fork it feels like a new team with new aims and different goals. Debian is a "base" system so I know they should be able answer for everything.
- Debian's social contract, community, documentation and access to mailing groups feel open, the contributors reasoned and matured.
- Finally I like the idea of the largest community organised project as opposed to feeling like I'm drinking a corporation's soda and I'll take whatever ingredients go in, such as an unstable mir, upstart, amazon search etc etc.
- Debian is just rock solid. Almost every error ends up documented by someone else somewhere on the Internet.
Just for record, those are my opinions and I don't actually tell people to install Debian over Ubuntu. I appreciate Ubuntu has a higher chance of working out-of-the-box and is very stable too. Not to mention a lot of free software from Github works seamlessly too.
I very much envy Kubuntu for shipping such a recent version of KDE. I've wanted to contribute to KDE for a long time I feel that's the best platform to do so with.