Trying Debian Stable for everyday desktop usage

A few days ago I installed Debian Stable. I’d been using Sparky Linux, which is based on Debian Testing, and was happy with it. The tools it integrates make the life of a desktop user easier when managing the system, I had no issues with it and had a bunch of software available in the repositories.

Well, since Sparky is based on Debian, the “bunch of software available in the repositories” part was a given from the start.

Although happy, I was looking for an operating system a bit more conservative in terms of stability and reliability. I’d been inspired very recently by the short OpenBSD usage I had on a virtual machine and some readings about BSD systems, so I thought Debian Stable would be the best choice.

Here are my motives for choosing Debian over, say, CentOS or Slackware or even a BSD system:

  • It’s a Linux kernel based operating system and I’ve been mostly using Debian Testing or Debian-based systems for over a decade, so I’m familiar with it;
  • It prioritizes stability over the latest stable version of a software;
  • It has a lot of software available;
  • It has a very large community.

Almost a week went by and my fears of using older versions of any software (motivated almost exclusively by a potential lack of some functionality) are gone. The system is really stable and I have almost all the tools I need in the repositories. I only needed to install a handfull of apps from external sources (deb-multimedia, github, flatpak and snap) because they were not packaged in the distro’s repositories.

Bitwarden, um gestor de passwords gratuito e cheio de funcionalidades

As passwords são tão importantes quanto são difíceis de gerir. Este é um dos motivos que nos leva a utilizar as mesmas palavras-passe repetidamente e a descartamos a complexidade em favor do facilitismos quando escolhemos/criamos uma.

As passwords também são difíceis de escolher. As regras recomendadas há uns tempos atrás, em que nos diziam para combinar maiúsculas com números e caracteres especiais (o # ou o _ sendo dois exemplos), já não são párias para um pequeno cluster de placas gráficas a processar informação para o hashcat.

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