Since I've used Debian in the past, RedHat more recently, and now I'm back to Debian on my home machine, I thought I'd put together a list of thoughts that I had regarding features of Debian versus Redhat. This will be flavored by my experience with Solaris, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD.

  1. They toss everything into /usr. This is evidently part of the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. Well, at least there is a standard. Looks like I'm going to have to come up with a dedicated rant on this one.
  2. The apt-get method of updating the system is really nice.
  3. Ugh. In the default config, they only recognize the first 8 characters of the password. I suppose they would have to implement MD5-hashed passwords instead of the old DES hash to get more, but they should. RedHat gets this right, but I'm not sure you can use both DES anad MD5 passwords in the same passwd file. FreeBSD and OpenBSD manage to merge the two behaviors.
NameSize (bytes)Date
axkit_1.4.83-1_i386.deb 234302 Mon Dec 10 14:06:47 2001
gnut_0.4.11_i386.deb 57148 Fri Jul 28 23:49:53 2000
gtk-gnutella_0.12-1_i386.deb 56180 Sat Jul 29 00:21:20 2000
kernel-patch-reiserfsquota_1.0-1_all.deb 135488 Wed Jan 16 12:46:29 2002
libxml-libxml-perl_1.30-1_i386.deb 126272 Mon Dec 10 14:19:45 2001
libxml-libxslt-perl_1.31-1_i386.deb 23302 Mon Dec 10 14:19:46 2001
ognus_0.07-1_all.deb 2188304 Tue Aug 13 23:46:30 2002
ognus_0.07-1_i386.deb 2188396 Tue Aug 13 23:46:35 2002
rt-doc_2.0.9-1_all.deb 30878 Wed Dec 19 13:38:58 2001
rt_2.0.9-1_i386.deb 208856 Wed Dec 19 13:39:03 2001