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: This review: Not Good
by A420X on Sun 20th Mar 2011 06:25 UTC in reply to "This review: Not Good"
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This review: Not Good
That comment: Not much better

While I agree with you that installing Debian is a pretty simple (albeit not always the simplest) task, I find it hard to agree with your reaction to the reviewer.

I do agree that the review did feel a bit 'amateurish' but I suspect it would be better received in a more newbie friendly environment (not that we aren't all sunshine and lollipops over here at OSNews ^_^ )

That being said some good points were raised, one of which was the critique of networkless installation.

If you want to install Debian without a network, you will hit a chain of problems.

For starters, no matter how much you try to gloss over the point - the reviewer is right, its not an issue specific to Debian but (again, as the reviewer rightly points out) the situation is worse on Debian - I personally don't see this is as a bad thing, Debian is a great vanguard of free software and by omitting non-free packages from the offline media Debian showcases this great software and encourages its development - the reviewer could have spent more time discussing this philosophical perspective as it would have helped put the situation in context.

Likewise you could have spent a bit more time reading your choice quotes - the reviewer says "if you want to install Debian without a network...

A good point IMO - what if you don't have an Internet connection? You could live in a remote area or simply not be able to afford one...

So the missing non-free firmware in the installer is not a problem that can't be solved.

If like the reviewer you don't want to connect to the net to get a full system or you simply can't it's not really such a simple solution.

As for the screenshot issue, yes it's a simple apt-get install or a few minutes clicking in synaptec but the real question (and I think the one the reviewer was trying to raise) is how was such a commonplace utility so easily missed in the Install (I would like to know this myself actually ;) )
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.[q]

How you treat reviewers you disagree with is your business, calling them an idiot for taking the time to write a thought provoking (if not more miss than hit) review that you then couldn't even be bothered to respond to thoroughly does seem a tad rich to me ... just my $0.02

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