Here in the Linux community, debating the relative merits of various distributions is a common pastime. So when it was proclaimed in an article recently that "Debian is the most influential Linux distribution ever," it was a rare geek who didn't sit up and take notice.
Sure enough, that's just what Datamation's Bruce Byfield asserted in a recent article, adding that "not everyone uses Debian, but, both alone and second hand through Ubuntu, it is the source of more derivative distributions than any other."
Linuxy tongues have been wagging ever since.
'Red Hat Has Advanced Linux Most'
"All i have to say is DEBIAN!!!!!!!" wrote Lachlan in the story's comments section, for example. "Count your lucky stars it's still here and start using DEBIAN!!!!!"
Then again: "No real innovation has come out of Debian," countered synthespian on Slashdot.
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