Ubuntu and Debian are the two most popular Linux distributions used on desktops and servers. These are very similar to each other, many other distributions are derived from these two.
In this article, you will see the difference between Ubuntu and Debian. Based on this you can decide which one you want to install on your system.
Debian is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software developed by the community-supported Debian project. The first version of this distribution was released in June 1996.
Debian is known for its simplicity, stability, and strict commitment to opensource. it is the basis for many other distributions this includes distributions such as Ubuntu, Kali Linux, and Linux Mint.
Ubuntu is a distribution based on Debian composed of mainly free and open-source softwares developed by Canonical and other community of developers. Initially, it was released on 20 Oct 2004. Canonical provides security updates and support for each Ubuntu release until its designated end of life.
Ubuntu is released in three editions i.e. Desktop, Server, and Core for IoT and robots. It is one of the most popular operating systems for cloud computing. Ubuntu updates are released every six months, with long-term support (LTS) releases once every two years.
Ubuntu vs Debian: The key differences
The given table shows some differences between these two distributions based on some criteria.
|Release date||June 1996||Oct 2004|
|Maintainer||Community of opensource developers||Canonical and other community of developers|
|Installation||Easy and graphical installer||Easy and graphical installer|
|Recommended resources||2 GB of RAM with 10 GB storage||4 GB of RAM with 25 GB storage|
|Desktop Environments||GNOME, Xfce, KDE Plasma, Cinnamon, MATE, LXDE, LXQt||GNOME, Xfce, , LXDE/LXQt, KDE, MATE, Budgie|
|Software installation||Mostly using terminal||Using terminal and software center|
|Stability||Rock solid stability, in fact this distro is known for stability||There are some issues faced now and then, but not very often, Ubuntu is also very stable distro|
|Out of the box software||No other distro is minimal as Debian||All necessary applications with optional third-party application download|
|Release cycle||Released once in almost two years||New version is released in every six month while LTS is once in two years|
|Target audience||Mostly advanced users||Fit for all types of user|
Here you have seen the differences between two mostly used distributions i.e. Debian and Ubuntu. Now if you have any query then write us in the comments below.