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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I'm sorry I misinterpreted your feelings towards Debian; I assumed from your tone that you were being extra defensive of something you cared about. I often forget that you're the master of Devil's Advocate here. ;)

I do understand what you're getting at, and I agree that Debian has never claimed user friendliness. My issue is that it seems, in my own experience as well as the reviewer's, to have regressed from the last release. It's one thing to be a newbie-unfriendly OS; after all, two of my favorites, Slackware and Arch are kings there. It's quite another thing to regress and drop functionality, especially for a core service such as networking. I would understand completely if my wireless card's manufacturer had suddenly closed the source and the kernel team removed support, but nothing of the sort has happened, and in fact the company is opening up drivers for many more of its chipsets. (RaLink if you're curious)

Maybe I've just become lazy and spoiled by Slackware. (o.O)

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