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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RE: In before the flames!
by sorpigal on Fri 18th Mar 2011 12:48 UTC in reply to "In before the flames!"
sorpigal
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Who gives a damn about the installer? I've got Debian boxes running Squeeze that were installed from the potato installer. For those of you trying to "Sqeeze Minus Potato" arithmetic, that's 6.0 - 2.2 and accounts for 11 years of life.

Debian's installer is worlds better than it was, highly functional and well suited to its purpose. There are still some oddities and deficiencies but nothing that requires a genius to figure out and nothing that's a showstopper, unless you think that doing a netinst over a wireless link on a card that isn't supported by Debian/main is reasonable. The installer is evolving and improving the way it should: slowly, incrementally, and without breaking anything that used to work.

If you really care about how glitzy your installer is and how convenient it is you can go and get Ubuntu or any true Debian-based user friendly distribution. And be happy! But don't go around saying "Debian sucks" because you couldn't install it, as Ye Olde Reviewer just did. You'll give people the impression that there's something wrong with Debian. There isn't. It's not wrong, it's just right.

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