Debian Testing vs OpenSuSe Tumbleweed vs Arch Linux (Stability and Security Challenge)

In this video I am picking up a challenge by @TRG – TheRealGeek who asked me to evaluate if Debian, OpenSuSe Tumbleweed or Arch Linux is more stable and more secure. I have defined the terms stability and secure for this video because there is so much ambiguity in the definitions of these two terms. As it turns out, Debian and RedHat have define stable much differently than you will find on Wikipedia. Wikipedia definitions tends to talk more about stability and reliability testing, which is NOT how Debian and RedHat define stability.

Both Debian and RedHat define stability in terms of the program and user interfaces. The idea is to protect the Applications Programming Interfaces (API) and Applications Binary Interfaces (ABI) from being altered. API are set at compile time, and ABI’s are set at runtime. API’s are generally program to program which ABI”s have more to do with interactions between software and hardware. Stability for them comes when these interfaces are protected from change during the life of the version. For Debian this would be Debian 11 for example, and in RedHats case version 8 for example. Stability in terms of systems crashes do no apply to the definitions used by Debian and RedHat, so those are the ones I am using in this video.

To determine which system is more “secure”, out of the box I will be using lynis to test and provide a hardening index, which will give us at least a start in showing which distro has a better initial posture in being secure or insecure.

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00:00 Intro
00:58 Stability
04:17 Debian and RedHat Definition of Stable
07:29 Stability Boundaries
08:32 Debian Testing
09:25 Debian Workflows
13:04 Debian Repos Recap
15:12 Secure system
15:57 Secure Definitions
21:28 Testing with Lynis
30:54 Conclusions
31:24 Final Comments
33:00 Outro

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