Why debian is so good at package maintenance, or why I think it is

The debian philosophy is where it all begins. Without that, it wouldn't be where it is today. It is one of constant care and attention to details and documenting dependencies for all packages so that they interact in the upgrade process correctly. And I know from my own experience that I have never encountered a problem that caused an upgrade to fail. This is very impressive. No errors due to package dependencies that I am aware of. Everything gets along together even after upgrading many packages at once. I never expected it to be this robust but it has proven itself many times to me.

Is it the be all and end all? Well, it depends. If you are a user that just cares about having the latest versions of packages, then maybe it is. But for someone that wants to delve deeper into Linux, of course, it wouldn't be because you need to compile and install yourself and understand that process in the finest detail. Some people are in between those two extremes. People like me.

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