Main Differences Between Debian and Ubuntu

After lots of distrohopping, finally got to understand what’s the difference between Debian and Ubuntu.

Note: This post is not the result of thorough research, so it’s subject to change in the future. It likely won’t receive major changes though.

Ubuntu is developed by a corp.
Debian is developed by an international community of developers.

Ubuntu releases new versions on a schedule, roughly every 12 months.
Debian releases new versions without commitment to schedule, every 24 months on average.

Ubuntu is not the more stable, but is the more popular of the two. Packs the latest software and packages in its repositories.
Debian has a reputation for being rock-solid, but lags one major version behind in terms of apps, drivers, desktop environments (DE’s); pretty much everything. Snaps, flatpaks and additional repos are a possible workaround.

Ubuntu packs proprietary software.
Debian is with a commitment to pack free software only.

Whether Debian will support bleeding-edge, high-end hardware well and for every day use, I am yet to find out when I get my hands on a new tech.

Ubuntu comes with Gnome, other DE’s are released as Ubuntu flavours and can be downright horrific.
Debian packs all DEs and lets you select during install.

Bottomline: If you are not using cutting-edge tech and are type of person to install a distro and disable updates immediately, you should try Debian.

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