Debian: Server Yes, Desktop No
Opinion: "Pure Debian" is great for a simple home LAN server application, but as a Linux desktop it's far inferior to spinoffs such as Ubuntu and Freespire. (DesktopLinux.com)I recently decided to retire Red Hat 7 after seven years of loyal service as a firewall/router operating system on my home LAN. Like a red-headed stepchild grown old, it had become cranky from extended neglect and no longer would even shut down or reboot without issuing nasty messages. The OS was running on old hardware, the cheapest PC I was able to get back in 1999 when I launched my home business. Were talking about a 350MHz AMD K6 processor and less than 256MB of DRAM, with only 156MB usable by the system.
Back in the fall of 99, my son and resident Linux hacker spent a week installing and configuring RH7 on the systemsetting it up as a router, firewall and Samba serverall with command-line tools. And, I must say, for the minimal initial investment and zero upkeep costs, its been a decent system over the years. But lately, its escalating misbehavior was getting on my nerves, so I decided to finally put the tired old OS out to pasture.