Ubuntu vs. Debian vs. CoreOS

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What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.

What is Debian?

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

What is CoreOS?

CoreOS is designed for security, consistency, and reliability. Instead of installing packages via yum or apt, CoreOS uses Linux containers to manage your services at a higher level of abstraction. A single service's code and all dependencies are packaged within a container that can be run on one or many CoreOS machines.

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Why do developers choose Ubuntu?
Why do you like Ubuntu?

Why do developers choose Debian?
Why do you like Debian?

Why do developers choose CoreOS?
Why do you like CoreOS?


What are the cons of using Ubuntu?
Downsides of Ubuntu?

What are the cons of using Debian?
Downsides of Debian?

What are the cons of using CoreOS?
No Cons submitted yet for CoreOS
Downsides of CoreOS?


How much does Ubuntu cost?
How much does Debian cost?
How much does CoreOS cost?
CoreOS Pricing


What companies use Ubuntu?
2244 companies on StackShare use Ubuntu
What companies use Debian?
469 companies on StackShare use Debian
What companies use CoreOS?
60 companies on StackShare use CoreOS


What tools integrate with Ubuntu?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with Ubuntu
What tools integrate with Debian?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Debian
What tools integrate with CoreOS?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with CoreOS

What are some alternatives to Ubuntu, Debian, and CoreOS?

  • Centos - The Community ENTerprise Operating System
  • Fedora - Operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project
  • Linux Mint - The most popular desktop Linux distribution and the 3rd most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS
  • Alpine Linux - Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox

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