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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supercompman
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2008-09-14

And may I ask just how many times your parents have installed ANY OS from scratch? At most, people usually just throw in their system restore disks they get from their manufacturer (or press a key on start up to begin restore). Maybe your parents do install Windows from scratch, but honestly, even then they have to worry about drivers, wireless network encryption, etc... Honestly, for most people comfortable enough to install any OS completely from scratch, setting up Linux is usually no more difficult. For people who aren't comfortable setting up an OS from scratch, someone else does it for them. My parents, who would never in a million years install an OS by themselves on their computer, have been running Ubuntu for about six years now. I got tired of fixing problems in Windows for them. And you know what? They're quite happy with Ubuntu and I can go for months on end without a single call saying "hey, this needs to get fixed". The only time they have had issues with their computer was when hardware was failing on it. No viruses, no programs that just magically stopped working, printers with drivers that just wouldn't install, etc. Debian is obviously not the right fit for them, but don't say for a second that Linux as a whole is not ready for mainstream use.

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