Debian vs. Ubuntu: Choosing the Right OS for your Server

So, you have decided to purchase a Linux VPS Hosting plan for your website. That’s good. Now, you need to figure out the Linux distro that you want to use. A difficult choice, but one that needs to be made. Each distribution offers its own set of pros and cons, and you must consider them well before signing the dotted line. In today’s article, we will explore Debian and Ubuntu and their feasibility for a VPS.

Debian vs. Ubuntu

Ubuntu is based on Debian, but both have different administrating teams. Hence, there are many similarities between the two – you can configure similar software, etc. Here is a quick look at their differences:

Debian Ubuntu
Debian is original Ubuntu is based on Debian
Recommended for advanced users Comparatively simpler and recommended for beginners
It focuses on free software only It uses free as well as proprietary software
Debian is considered more stable as compared to Ubuntu since it has fewer updates and undergoes thorough testing As compared to Debian, Ubuntu is considered to be relatively less stable
The release cycles are unscheduled You know exactly when Ubuntu will make its release available since it runs on a strict schedule
You get support for the Stale releases for a maximum period of 3 years Ubuntu LTS releases offer support for a maximum period of 5 years
The hardware requirements are minimal Ubuntu requires better hardware as compared to Debian
You get several options in desktop environments You get GNOME desktop environment only (in the latest versions)

Ubuntu for beginners and Debian for developers

Ubuntu has been designed keeping inexperienced or new users in mind. If you have never used Linux, then Ubuntu would probably be a better choice for you. On the other hand, Debian, with its minimalistic operating system design is better suited for the more experienced user or a developer. While the performance of the OS depends on the number of features added to it, both Debian and Ubuntu have comparable performances and are faster than their Windows or Mac counterparts.

Also, when it comes to community support, the Debian community is known to be more tech oriented. On the other hand, the Ubuntu community is more like a family which always welcomes new users and beginners.


Every user has a specific requirement and each Linux distribution has its own pros and cons. Hence, you need to assess your requirements and test drive each distro (if you can) before buying the VPS plan. Also, if you are new to Linux, then you need to find a VPS provider who offers 24×7 support and helps you set-up your VPS. Many providers offering VPS Hosting in India have a dedicated technical support team for the same. Research well and choose wisely. We hope that this article could help you get a basic understanding of the differences between Debian and Ubuntu. Do share your views with us in the comments below.