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Debian 5 Lenny is an excellent desktop or server option. Check out the latest Debian Tutorials for some more up-to-date reading.
I have been running the Debian 5 Lenny candidate for awhile and have been very pleased with the stability and features. It actually functions and acts more like the distribution I need and work on than Ubuntu. Not so say that Ubuntu is bad, just that I typically do not need or use the latest applications.
Debian has a philosophy that is more like Red Hat/CentOS in that the focus is more on testing to insure stability of the whole system than to provide the latest and greatest applications. Debian comes with 18,733 packages. Debian 5 Lenny will have 5 DVDs to download with those packages, that is simply beyond any other distribution. These packages are maintained by volunteers who cover the globe providing insight and thinking from various cultures and backgrounds.
Debian Desktop Web Browser
Iceweasel is really Firefox that has been backported with security fixes to the Debian 5 stable version. All of the trademark artwork has been removed from it. Iceweasel is version 3.05. Iceweasel functions the same as Firefox so it is a great web browser.
vi on Debian
As I am really used to vi on CentOS servers I am forever using the command vi and then unable to edit the way I do on CentOS. So I am constantly creating aliases so all the machines I am on work the same. This is a real pain...
Debian Desktop Icons
The icons are simple but pleasing. I want more simplicity and less "bling" because all I do is work on these machines with very little play. So faster, simplier is better for me. OK ...sometimes the Debian icons are not as pleasing as Ubuntu, to me it does not matter, function is more important.
OpenOffice on Debian
Though Debian 5 uses version 2.4.1 of OepnOffice instead of 3.0, the most important feature of 3.0 is available and that is the ability to read the new version of Microsoft Word 2003, XML. As you can see in the example, here the test file created in 2.4.1 is able to save in the new format. Version 2.4.1 is also more stable which is certainly an important aspect.
Lenny uses Gnome 2.22.3 which is compared to Gnome 2.24.1 on Ubuntu 8.10.
New Debian Features
Install Debian from Windows. Debian now supports an application that allows you to install Debian right from a Windows desktop.
SATA RAID support.
Debian Users: Don't stop now. We've got plenty of useful Debian Linux Tutorials for you to read.