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On a practical note, I've seen the install situation improve in the last 5 years thanks to two ubuntu features:

- the ease of apt-get install (inherited from debian)

- ubuntu LTS releases

I now use availability of apt-get instructions for an LTS as one of the measures of the maturity of a software package.

So.. things that have been in Debian for years.

NO - this is about the availability of DOCS to setup 3rd party software.

10 years ago, Debian may have had apt-get and stable but a lot of software setup docs were for building from source leading to possible compile issues and version conflicts for libraries.

Now, many setup docs are written as apt-get of binary packages for the last Ubuntu LTS.

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