Reasons Why Debian Is Crucial To Linux History
Each of these versions has been growing in features and components and as the development grew and progressed the different branches of Debian were created in a model that many other developments followed.
Its Stable, Testing and Unstable editions allowed each type of user to update the distribution with stable packages, in tests or unstable but providing last-generation features. Today we see that kind of “channels” in many other developments (Google Chrome, Firefox, Windows itself with its program for Windows Insiders, Apple and its iOS betas or macOS).
That somewhat more conservative attitude probably ended up causing independent users, user groups, and software developers and organizations to end up taking Debian as the basis for their own derived distributions.
Actually, not only the direct derivative distributions but also those derived from derivatives, count, for example, that a large number of distributions do not start from Debian but directly from Ubuntu and then offer certain differential characteristics that their creators estimate, interested for a certain niche of users.
Debian in particular (like Linux in general) is the best example of that ubiquity and versatility of an operating system that allows for example that is the protagonist in all that segment of mini-pcs oriented to the maker segment and the education that has conquered us with projects such as Raspberry Pi or Arduino.
His presence is also notable in a radically different segment. Of the “small” proposed Raspberry Pi Debian is also a benchmark in the server segment: according to W3Techs the presence of Unix systems in web servers is 68.1% compared to 31.9% of Windows servers.