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Old 03-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Debian vs. Ubuntu vs Kubuntu

So, I'm trying to understand the difference between pure Debian, Ubuntu and Kubuntu.
Now, I know that Ubuntu and Kubuntu are basically built on Debian, but what are the major differences? Are they less reliable/customizable? Why would one prefer pure Debian over Ubuntu/Kubuntu?
And is there any major difference in terms of performance or reliability between Ubuntu and Kubuntu? Why would you prefer one over the other, other than desktop environment preference?

The way I see it, and it's my completely unprofessional pure gut feeling, is that Debian is the more reliable and professional OS, whereas Ubuntu and Kubuntu are there just for beginners who want to play around with Linux.
Again, I completely don't know what I'm talking about which is why I'm asking, so how far is my gut feeling from the truth?

Also, is Ubuntu server a serious enough server OS?

Thanks in advance!
Old 03-10-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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The only way to know for sure is actually trying them. But rummor has it that the guy who went onto develop ubuntu wanted a modern distro with all the Debian goodness but without having to wait for years for major upgrades. By the way this guy also has lot of money and owns a software company in Europe called Canonical. In the other hand Debian is has always been a comunnity effort type of project and actually when they first started their goal was to probide a distro free of propietory software.

Kubuntu used to be part of the Canonical family but just a year or so ago they went comunnity supported too. I think they still use the same repositories from Ubuntu so all the software for Ubuntu is there also for Kubuntu, Although I dont think the Ubuntu software center is available for Kubuntu.

Now your should know in all UNIX like OSs there are lots of different graphical display for different tastes so Kubuntu is the KDE edition of Ubuntu, Xubuntu is the Xfce edition of Ubuntu and Lubuntu is the LXDE edition. The last two (Xfce and LXDE) are ment to be light weight graphical interfaces targeting computer with low resources.

They all would run good in your computer if you have well supported hardware but if you have some exotic computer parts you will run into troubles.
Although Canonical is known for sent out some updates that end up breaking the system because is still under debeloped and also in some cases they are just trying to reinvent the wheel.

So if you dont mind having a bit old software but well tested and reliable use Debian but if you are adventurous then go with Ubuntu.

Good luck to you!

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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I see. Thanks


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