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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Bad? Not bad.
by sorpigal on Fri 18th Mar 2011 12:33 UTC
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I noticed the same oddity regarding non-free wireless firmware when I was doing a squeeze install on my laptop. Now I know for a fact that the Debian non-free repo contains the firmware I needed and, if I recall correctly, I was even offered to enable the non-free repo as part of the installation process, but it would not permit me to fetch the non-free firmware over the net. Since I was doing a net install this seemed silly to me.

I asked about it and was informed that there had been a debate and the result was that there are non-free ISOs which will allow you to install the non-free firmware, it's just that they don't put it on the default CD. Since I was doing netinst over a wire I said this was silly and was informed that there are in fact non-free netinst discs. Go figure.

The lack of WPA in the installer is also a known (and complained about) issue. There's likely to be a fix for the next release (7.0, not 6.1).

Apart from this your criticisms are uninteresting and irrelevant. The installer may not be very pretty and may not be as friendly as other distros, but the process is refreshingly stable (both in terms of not failing and in terms of not changing), works the same across arch, and is sufficiently powerful. Despite your insinuations the Squeeze release cycle wasn't particularly long. Debian hasn't had a truly long cycle since woody, except maybe sarge.

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