Ubuntu vs Debian

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 dateJune 1996Oct 2004
MaintainerCommunity of opensource developersCanonical and other community of developers
InstallationEasy and graphical installerEasy and graphical installer
Recommended resources2 GB of RAM with 10 GB storage 4 GB of RAM with 25 GB storage
Desktop EnvironmentsGNOME, Xfce, KDE Plasma, Cinnamon, MATE, LXDE, LXQtGNOME, Xfce, , LXDE/LXQt, KDE, MATE, Budgie
Software installationMostly using terminalUsing terminal and software center
Stability Rock solid stability, in fact this distro is known for stabilityThere are some issues faced now and then, but not very often, Ubuntu is also very stable distro
Out of the box softwareNo other distro is minimal as DebianAll necessary applications with optional third-party application download
Release cycleReleased once in almost two yearsNew version is released in every six month while LTS is once in two years
Target audience Mostly advanced usersFit 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.

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