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I just bought my first home server, and I want to install Debian Linux!

Can anyone recommend me which one to use? I have read that there are 3 types, one for testing, one stable and then another one. But I don't know much more about it.

Can you please advise me?

Thanks, Boda Cydo.

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There aren't 3 "types" of Debian, Debian is Debian, what you are referring to (i guess) is that you can choose to install packages from any of the many repositories available, i recommend you read the docs at debian.org/distrib/packages (no links in comments?), and gather a better understanding about APT (Debian Package Manager), in the meantime stick with the defaults (stable). –  OldJim Mar 19 '10 at 2:47
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I advise you to use stable unless you require some package from testing that is not easily backported.

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1+ for stable Debian, for a server its definitely the best way to go, i have Debian servers running for years without a hitch, never had a issue with them, actually until a few days ago i had over 16 months of uptime in 3 servers (-1 for 10 hours power shortage), Debian is rock solid. –  OldJim Mar 19 '10 at 2:39
1+ for stable (Lenny) Debian. Testing (Squeeze) can be fun if you like fiddling. Old stable (Etch) is a good friend, but is not a good idea for new installs. Unstable (Sid) is worth avoiding (just like in the movie). –  Dru Mar 19 '10 at 4:33
I went with squeeze-alpha. Thanks for the suggestions! –  Boda Cydo Mar 20 '10 at 7:30
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Is this your first foray into Linux ?

If so go with Ubuntu Server (which is Debian based) it comes preset with slightly more than Debian and the community is a bit more newbie friendly.

If you really want to go with Debian - then Debian Stable is the way to go, but as I say I would go with Ubuntu even if only for its much more predictable release schedule.

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Sorry, no, this is not my first time into Linux. I just bought a home server, and wish to use Debian in particular. –  Boda Cydo Mar 19 '10 at 3:07
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I'd install ubuntu ;-)

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Stable = older stuff that is very well tested, and definately will work - best for if you want to install and setup a box,and just forget about it Testing = newer stuff. will probably work- useful if packages in stable are too old Unstable - cutting edge packages

IMO testing is the most newbie friendly - its reliable, and a little more modern than stable.

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