• Linux

    Why prefer Debian GNU/Linux over another distribution

    Quite some time ago I wrote a blog post explaining why I preferred Mandriva over other distributions. But I have now switched to Debian GNU/Linux, so it is time for an update. I will mostly compare with Mandriva because that is where I come from and what I know the best, although most points are rather universal. So, these are some reasons why I prefer Debian GNU/Linux over other distributions: All officially released Debian GNU/Linux stable versions are supported for a long time. Where most other free distributions are supported for about 1,5 year, this is much longer for Debian stable. For example, security updates for Debian Etch were published…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Why prefer Mandriva over another distribution?

    Yesterday someone asked on a Dutch website the same question which comes back on sites like Slashdot every time a new Mandriva release is announced: what is the the advantage of Mandriva above other distributions like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora. This made me think and so I wrote down a couple of reasons why I use Mandriva on my desktop systems. 10 advantages of Mandriva above other Linux distributions The default graphical theme in Mandriva looks much better than Ubuntu’s brown mess. All graphical configuration tools are centralized in the Mandriva Control Centre. Mandriva has some unique configuration tools, such as msec which permits you to change advanced security settings…