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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I think Dedoimedo made this install much harder than it had to be.

Sure, the partition manager is pretty basic looking but it works; my preferance remains with Mandriva's partition manager used during the install but I'm not feeling grief over Debian's.

An accurate click count would have added credability also. The "just a thousand more clicks and.." got old really quickly.

And, an hour to copy files from the install media? What packages where chosen.. who am I kidding.. choosing indavidual packages.. let me correct that.. what package groups where selected to install? Did he throw a check in each box available then wonder why isntalling everythign from the original media took an hour? Heck, in an hour and a half, I go from bare metal to fully configured with my prefered selection of packages (give or take speed of the network connection).

He does hit on some good points but I think he's also made the install harder than it had to be just for the sake of poinging fingers. if you want a brainless one click install, stick wtih liveCD; don't pick up a full install cd then wonder why it asks you more than two questions before doing a full bare metal install.

Personally, my only issues with Squeeze so far:
- No Bastille - seems the upstream project has stalled so not so much grief over why Debian pulled it just before 6 Stable.

- No Mondo Rescue - this is really a fantastic backup option and not including it just makes me wonder what happened there. Hopefully this is also an upstream issue and the original Mondo folks will have the Squeeze 64bit repository working soon. Between network timeout errors from the domain/ftp and missing dependencies when I am able to connect, I'm really hoping they figure things out soon.

- Firefox 4 is out, the world is movign to video tags is in use, Squeeze includes Firefox 3 so it's pretty much shipping broken for anyone hitting modern websites. (the repository provided Vimperator is broken to.)

- backports seems to be dormant still. No packages in the search results and no "browse" option to see a list of what is there. The backport delay really relates to teh above as this is where those things should apear when they eventually get resolved. Well, Mondorescue and maybe an Iceweasel 4 backport?

It's still early after launch. There are bugs that will get fixed stilled and there are legitimate things to complain about but "the installer isn't pretty and isn't as short a a liveCD image stamper".. woopty.. if your seeing the isntaller that often, your either a builder who'll haveno issue with the installer or your doing something to break your system frequently to need reinstalls.

(offhand, anyone able to direct me to info on touchscreen support in Debian? I have to get a desktop monitor with touch and Debian driver support.)

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