Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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Horrible review.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:50 UTC
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"The installer has four million steps, it's clunky and too detailed."

"After seven thousand clicks during the partition setup, the system finally started copying files and took a merry one hour to do that, three to four times more than a typical contemporary distro."

I must have a complete inability to count, because I sure as hell didn't notice "four million steps" or having to click "seven thousand" times to install.

"What is the point of having a millennium-long development cycle only to churn out a product that merely has a higher kernel major and little else besides?"

I wasn't aware that Debian Squeeze took a millennium to be released. In fact, I was under the impression that it was only about two years? Really, these "slow release" slams toward Debian stemmed from the days of Debian 3.0 and 3.1--that's f***ing 2002-2005, this is 2011. Big difference, Debian releases have been somewhat steady at 2-3 years between releases, which IMO is not bad at all (though the included software does eventually begin to feel old after a year or more).

And if you read DistroWatch's page for Debian, you would see that far more has been upgraded than the kernel:

I have been using Squeeze since maybe a month before it's been released, and it's been rock-solid. And I just started the screenshot tool--and it worked. What a shock. No, I didn't bother reading this whole "review" because it sounds like someone just wants to bitch. Go ahead, enjoy your Ubuntu. But you better pray nothing happens to Debian, because your precious distro as well as its countless derivatives would most likely be unable to stand on its own in its absence.

This isn't a review. It's a bitch-fest.

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