Chris asked me why Debian was on the Linux server I gave him:
- It doesn't suck. It's rock-solid stable.
- Easy net-based install only downloads the packages you want.
- It's got apt-get and aptitude for package management. Want to try something out? It's as easy as typing apt-get packagename at the command line. Want to check for updates and see what all's out there? Poke around with aptitude.
- Enough people are using it that there are decent forum answers for most problems.
- It runs Apache2 for serving web pages, and ddclient for dyanmic DNS pages.
- Basically, the Knoppix cd is a Debian livecd. If you like Knoppix, you'll very likely enjoy Debian.
- Lower system requirements than Ubuntu. Even horrible, tiny machines can run Debian like a champ.