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Debian vs Linux Mint: What are the differences?

What is Debian? The Universal Operating System. 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 Linux Mint? The most popular desktop Linux distribution and the 3rd most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Debian and Linux Mint belong to "Operating Systems" category of the tech stack.

"Massively supported " is the top reason why over 41 developers like Debian, while over 3 developers mention "Simple, Fast, Comfort and Easy to Use" as the leading cause for choosing Linux Mint.

esa, Webedia, and Code School are some of the popular companies that use Debian, whereas Linux Mint is used by plusEquals, Insoft, and Pixelshift. Debian has a broader approval, being mentioned in 387 company stacks & 390 developers stacks; compared to Linux Mint, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

Decisions about Debian and Linux Mint
Dimelo Waterson

Coming from a Debian-based Linux background, using the Ubuntu base image for my Docker containers was a natural choice. However, the overhead, even on the impressively-slimmed Hub images, was hard to justify. Seeking to create images that were "just right" in size, without unused packages or dependencies, I made the switch to Alpine.

Alpine's modified BusyBox has a surprising amount of functionality, and the package repository contains plenty of muslc-safe versions of commonly-used packages. It's been a valuable exercise in doing more with less, and, as Alpine is keen to point out, an image with fewer packages makes for a more sustainable environment with a smaller attack surface.

My only regret is that Alpine's documentation leaves a lot to be desired.

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I liked manjaro a lot, the huge support it has and the variety of tools it provides is just awesome. But due to its parent platform being Arch Linux it has bleeding-edge technology and that meaning, we get updated 'daily', and if we keep updating the system daily, due to the bugs in the recent updates the system sometimes used to crash, this made the OS really unstable. However, one can avoid such crashes using periodical and careful system/package updates. I now use LinuxMint which is based on Ubuntu, and this OS is completely stable with reliable(mostly tested) updates. And, since this OS is backed up by UBUNTU the concerns/questions one can encounter while using the OS can be easily rectified using the UBUNTU community, which is pretty good. Though this is backed up on UBUNTU it most certainly does NOT include the proprietary stuff of UBUNTU, which is on the bright side of the OS. That's it! Happy Computing.

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Pros of Debian
Pros of Linux Mint
  • 50
    Massively supported
  • 46
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 7
    Aptitude
  • 5
    It is free
  • 5
    Customizable
  • 4
    Works on all architectures
  • 11
    Simple, Fast, Comfort and Easy to Use
  • 10
    Stable
  • 8
    Elegant
  • 7
    Good for beginners
  • 6
    Free to use

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Cons of Debian
Cons of Linux Mint
  • 9
    Old versions of software
  • 1
    Can be difficult to set up on vanilla Debian
  • 3
    Easy to mess up with a few settings (like the panel)
  • 2
    Security breaches

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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 Linux Mint?

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

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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.
Fedora
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Arch Linux
A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
openSUSE
The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community.
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