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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Go back to your iPad then
by aliver on Sat 19th Mar 2011 15:47 UTC
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"Unix is user friendly, it's just picky about who it's friends are."

I'm quite pleased the reviewer had a rotten experience with Debian. Stay out, please. It sounds to me like he'd be most happy with an iPad or a lollipop. Whiners who can't handle using an oh-my-god-it's-text installer and freak out when Gnome, KDE, or some desktop toy breaks on them don't seem to understand that Debian wasn't made for them. They are the same types of folks who'd get into an Indy car and complain that it wasn't an automatic and didn't have an iPod dock, then drive off in a cute lime green VW Bug.

Someone earlier said that Linux and BSD will never take over the world because only 1% of the users out there have the skills to "make it work right". I laugh to myself and say "excellent deduction, Sherlock." Did you ever stop to think that maybe BSD or certain Linux distros don't _want_ to take over the world? There are an awful lot of morons in the world and perhaps those folks just don't want to fsck with them. Maybe those bit-twiddling geeks like their little island of solitude free from the chattering Ubuntu zealots screaming about their wireless drivers not "just working" or black turtleneck wearing Mac fans constantly yammering about their GUI integration. Perhaps some folks like technology just for it's own sake, not simply as a tool.

Just because it's not a svelte desktop doesn't mean it sucks. It means it's not what you needed at the time or perhaps it's power was only to be had at a technical level above yours (more likely).

Personally, I'm happy to see these kind of clueless rants about non-GUI'fyed distros and OS's. It means there are a few long haired propeller headed geeks out there keeping the faith and scaring off the tourists. You can keep your Gnome, KDE, and Enlightenment distros. I'll stay on the console or maybe in ION, Fluxbox, or evilwm. The real alpha geeks are trying to avoid the herd and capture the true power of Unix variants which has always been on the command line.

Here's a lollipop, now go home, please.

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