Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Aug 2007 20:13 UTC
Debian and its clones "The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. This update adds security updates to the stable release, together with a few corrections to serious problems. As always, the first point release also corrects a few issues that have been noticed too late in the release process to stop the release, but still should be fixed."
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Debian created a winner with Etch...
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 18th Aug 2007 23:35 UTC
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I don't know why, but during my research and playing around with different distros while trying to get the feel for Linux, Slackware's the distro that kept my interest, as well as some of its duratives. Funny too, because the one thing I really don't like at all is lack of dependency checking, and Slackware's definitely got a lack in that area. Slackware with something like apt-get and a repository as large as Debian's would be awesome.

Unfortunately, I tried Debian Woody, with practically no success. Sarge was slightly better... but its installation was far too daunting. I was kind of reluctant to try Etch based on my past experiences with the distro, but what I heard was too good to not try. I don't really know what to say, other than Debian--compared to its last release--really blew me away.

The installer was simplified to the point of being as easy to use as any other distro I've installed. You're sent into a nice Gnome desktop by default, without a bunch of useless daemons running by default. Things that I never expected to "just work" in Debian due to its traditionally conservative, server-orientated nature did in fact work as I'm used to in other distros (the auto-configured and auto-mounting of CDs and external drives are two examples). I wonder if the existence of Ubuntu had as much to do with Debian's jump in ease of use as I think it did.

Overall, I'm very impressed. It's kind of tempting to just switch from my current distro, Zenwalk, but I don't think I'm ready for a complete change just yet. The huge repositories and the overall performance make it a tough decision, though. I expect the next major release of Debian to be even better, maybe that'll finally persuade me? Either way, Etch has a new place on my drive, as a triple-boot system, at least until another new distro comes along and steals my interest.

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