Is Debian better than Ubuntu?

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I wanted to compare Debian and Ubuntu when it comes to server and as a desktop OS. Which is more recommendable to use when you are a beginner? Does this two offers free software but gives a stable performance even if it is free? What can you say about this two? I know there are a lot of differences about this two and I want to outburst the capacity of this two.
 

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There are lots of pros and cons to both. For beginners Ubuntu is better to get started with.
Linux distros are free, and have very stable releases.

I suggest you pick one and test it out so you can learn for yourself
 

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I wanted to compare Debian and Ubuntu when it comes to server and as a desktop OS. Which is more recommendable to use when you are a beginner? Does this two offers free software but gives a stable performance even if it is free? What can you say about this two? I know there are a lot of differences about this two and I want to outburst the capacity of this two.
Ubuntu is based on Debian, so there are not a lot of difference between them, excepted for the packages repositories available.
For server usage, the main difference between Ubuntu and Debian, is the LTS (long term service) versions available with Ubuntu (14.04,16.04,18.04) when there is no official LTS with Debian. So when you are going to setup a server, you will probably prefer to use an Operating system with security updates available during at least 2 or 3 years.
 

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Ubuntu is based on Debian,

I tend to think of Debian as being the bleeding edge of the Debian based distros. Ubuntu takes that and rounds it into a more user friendly product for end-users. I don't typically think of Ubuntu as a server OS, but I suppose it can be.

Compare this to the RedHat side of things, Fedora is kind of the test bed, bleeding edge distro. Then that gets rounded into form by RedHat Enterprise and CentOS. I haven't checked Fedora is several years, but I was thinking at one time it's life cycle was only about 6 months, so it was never a solution for a server OS. But it allowed Redhat to test out features and changes and get end-user feedback before pushing those changes out to RHEL.

In the Debian world, the Debian distro is more like the Fedora distro and Ubuntu is more like the RHEL distro. It's a loose comparison, but it generally works.
 

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For server CentOS better&stability, never Debian/Ubuntu.
 

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I don't know if CentOS (or by extension RHEL - but you'll have to buy a license) is better than Debian/Ubuntu. But CentOS/RHEL is much, much, much more popular in the web hosting world, so you're going to find more tools, guides, and communities to help you if you use CentOS/RHEL. If you use Debian/Ubuntu, you may be limited to what tools and communities you have at your disposal.

If you experience a problem with a web hosting set up and you are using Debian/Ubuntu and you post on a forum for help, that topic may sit there for several months with no replies because the other people that use Debian/Ubuntu in a web hosting environment are few and far between.

Debian probably reached it's heyday in the late 90s, when RedHat (not RHEL, this was before RHEL and Fedora) and other RPM based distros suffered through dependency hell. This was before yum and you just downloaded RPMs, tried to install them, found out you needed another rpm installed, download it, try to install it, find out you need another rpm installed, download it... It was so much fun!

Debian (again, this was before Ubuntu) was one of the first distros to introduce apt and it made dependency hell a thing of the past. Simply apt-get install package and apt would solve all of the dependency requires for that package and download and install those packages as well. Eventually RedHat followed suite with yum.
 
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