Debian vs Ubuntu - Their Differences and Similarities

Debian vs Ubuntu – Their Differences and Similarities

Debian vs Ubuntu, their differences and similarities. While Ubuntu is based on Debian, there are some areas where the two distros differ. In this video I’ll discuss Debian and Ubuntu, how they differ from one another and how despite these differences the two Linux distros manage to do amazing things.

## Debian vs Ubuntu.

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# Debian vs Ubuntu Release models. Debian has three release types called Stable, Testing and Unstable. Ubuntu on the other hand has their shorter release cycle and their LTS (Long Term Support) releases.

# Debian vs Ubuntu Installer. Debian’s installer is ncurses based, a bit more advanced while providing a consistent experience. Ubuntu provides the option for a Live USB experience in addition to a GUI installer for their Linux releases.

# Debian vs Ubuntu Included software. Debian is about installing the software you choose, from the repositories it provides. Although, there are some limitations. Ubuntu comes per-configured with most of the software casual users would want while also offering partner repositories that contain propritary software.

# Debian vs Ubuntu PPAs/Debian repositories. With Debian, you simply add the repository that you want; or enable one that’s comment out in your software sources. With Ubuntu, you’re presented with provided repositories and other repositories called PPAs.

# Debian vs Ubuntu Firmware and drivers. Ubuntu makes it easy, Debian requires you enable and install it yourself. Ubuntu makes this easier and more readily accessible. So while Debian isn’t difficult to use, there are differences as they embrace free software first, convenience second.

Matt Hartley
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for and, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast.

Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.