Re: A question for the list:
If you could not/did not use Debian (either Lenny, Squeeze, or Sid),
which other distribution would you use and why?
Red Hat -- I learned Linux on Red Hat. It worked fine up through
version 7.3. 8 had problems. 9 was worse. Red Hat went commercial and
turned their back on enthusiasts. I switched to Debian.
SuSE -- I've tried SuSE a few times over the years. Administration is
via GUI's. I prefer Bash, Vim, and RCS/CVS.
Ubuntu -- I tried Ubuntu for desktops and as an LTSP server in late
2009. Installation, LTSP, software RAID, and whole drive encryption
were easy, but I ran into video driver problems with LTSP terminals
(older p3 boxes with various outdated video cards). The Ubuntu features
may have saved time if you didn't want to get under the hood, but added
learning curve when you did. There seemed to be more updates and less
stability than Debian.
FreeBSD -- the primary FOSS alternative to GNU/Linux. The BSD
architecture is more stable than Linux and the documentation is solid.
I ran BSD and Linux servers and DOS/ Windows desktops for years. In the
end, Linux won because of GNU (Linux, DJGPP, and Cygwin), malware
resistance, and cost.
Now all my machines are Debian GNU/Linux except for one laptop with
Windows XP/Pro for specific applications.
My domain hosting service was Slackware, then Ubuntu, and now Debian.