Comparion Between Debian and Ubuntu

After lots of distro-hopping, 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.

Last mod: 27 Jan 2022.

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. Supports latest hardware.
Debian is commits to free software only. Does not support bleeding-edge hardware. Useful to add add non-free repositories and test.

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.

Ubuntu comes preconfigured for general usage out of the box.
Debian needs additional settings (packages and their dependencies, user settings, etc.)

Ubuntu is configured for ease when it comes to using terminal commands.
Debian requires a longer and more specific terminal commands (i.e. specifying package path instead of simply calling it by name; of course, it’s matter of additional configuration).

Current (subjective) conclusion: Ubuntu-based distro (or Ubuntu itself) for a shorter learning curve and ease of use. Debian as a more light-weight solution which will requires further system configuration to fit your workflow.

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