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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This review: Not Good
by da_Chicken on Sun 20th Mar 2011 03:26 UTC
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Installing Debian is actually really, really easy. You just pop in the installer disk and hit the Enter key whenever it stops to ask you something. Well, you may want to select your locale and type something when it asks for the user name and password, but for everything else hitting Enter is the right answer. So if you have enough computer skills to hit the Enter key repeatedly, then you can install Debian. ;)

"If you want to install Debian without a network, you will hit a chain of problems. Without network, you won't be able to configure your repositories, including third-party and proprietary stuff. Without those, there's a good chance some of your hardware won't work, plus you won't have codecs for most of the media out there, including Flash and MP3. Worst of all, if you happen to be using a Wireless card that normally comes with closed-source firmware, you won't be able to get it running without quite a bit of extra effort. On a laptop, this is a showstopper."

You need to have the deb package that includes the non-free firmware on a USB stick, and you can install it either when the Debian installer asks for the firmware, or after you've finished the installation and booted your Debian system. So the missing non-free firmware in the installer is not a problem that can't be solved.

Debian actually plays MP3 files out of the box. And it includes the GNU Gnash flashplayer, which can play some flash videos, but not all. The non-free flashplayer can be installed using the package manager after you've added the non-free package repo.

I've never actually used the GNOME desktop, which is the default in Debian, but I think there's an icon for the networkmanager in the panel. So if you installed the missing non-free firmware during the install, then configuring the wireless connection with networkmanager should not be too difficult. IIRC, also Ubuntu uses the same networkmanager, but apparently using an app in Debian is more difficult for some reviewers than using the exactly same app in Ubuntu.

I think Debian also includes the same GUI package manager frontend as Ubuntu, although I always use the aptitude package manager frontend, myself. So installing any apps you might miss (such as an app for taking screenshots) should be just as easy/difficult in Debian as it is in Ubuntu.

It seems to me that the person who wrote this review must be a clueless idiot, because he had trouble performing such an easy task as installing Debian.

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