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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Some thoughts on the above rant
by Gullible Jones on Fri 18th Mar 2011 01:21 UTC
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1. While I agree that avoiding all proprietary firmware is nonsensical, Debian does not claim to support hardware that needs it. So taking Debian and its maintainers to task over it is IMHO equally nonsensical. Debian is good at what it does, but what it does does not include proprietary firmware.

2. The Gnome screenshot issue. I'm afraid that, in free software, you're going to see stuff like that occasionally. The developers have to triage things, and making the desktop nice and polished doesn't get priority... Or rather, SHOULDN'T get priority, or the distro will become a complete mess.

IOW: free software is never, ever going to have the polished look and smooth user experience of a proprietary product that you pay an arm and a leg for. It's probably going to be harder to use, too. That doesn't mean it's bad across the board.

3. Huge amounts of effort obviously went into Debian Squeeze. Writing it off because your wifi card doesn't work (by design) and Gnome is missing its screenshot utility (oh no!) comes across as kind of rude, IMO.

But that is of course Just My Opinion. Feel free to disregard it, I won't hold it aginst you.

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