| 1. Predictability – Debian lives without profit every single day of its existence. How long do you think Red Hat, SuSE and Caldera can exist without a profit? One day, if the money stops rolling in, those companies will fold, while Debian will still keep on chugging.
2. Stability – The end goal of Debian is great software available freely – and nothing else. No other distribution or OS can say the same thing because there is at least one other goal in mind (profit). Bugs and security breaches will eventually slip into the final product when quality and profitability become intertwined.
3. Accessibility – No profit motive means no real incentive to limit access to the software in any fashion. Caldera customers had the whole seat licencing thing dropped in their lap without notice. How would you like to have been the head of IT who recently made the switch to OpenDesktop with ‘freedom’ as at least one aspect of your pitch … only to find that this freedom was to be taken away at some future date because Caldera wasn’t making enough dough. Money, or more properly, the lack thereof, makes people do the strangest things.
4. Respectability – there is a reason companies choose to use Debian in their own distribution schemes.