> Second, the article completely ignores the most benefical aspect of Debian, > its policies and their effect in systems administration, including
> reliability and security. Make that third too, it's really important.
I don't think Debian is more secure than other Linuxes. The thing is, that old software tends to have more know security leaks. Often brand new, rewritten code changes some architectural weaknesses of a program.
Fedora at some point drops support for old releases (that are younger than the newest Debian release). The support is than made by the Fedora Legacy project. Debian also should concentrate on packaging new software an making a good distribution. You will allways have bugs. Older distributions a re not necessarily more secure. People think that and tend to leave their server alone. But that's not a good idea, either.
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