Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 11:38 UTC, submitted by ladislav
Debian and its clones Debian is not quite like any other distro out there. If bigger is better, then Debian wins hands down. Aside from having the largest collection of free software packages, Debian also runs on 11 platforms. But there is more to Debian than just size. Travel writer and recent Debian convert Robert Storey tackles the whole installation procedure head on and gives his report.
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Good Article
by DoctorPepper on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 12:19 UTC

I started using Debian sometime around April of this year (2003). My reasoning was, I wanted to use a Linux distribution that I didn't have to worry about filing bankrupcy, going out of business and leaving me high-and-dry. Up to that point, I had been using mostly Mandrake Linux on my workstations, and liked it quite well.

It took me probably five or six installs before I felt comfortable with the install procedure. After that, I have found Debian's installation to be quite simple. It only looks hard the first couple of times ;-)

I'm now running Debian Unstable on my workstation, database server, and an old Pentium 120 notebook (it runs fine, thank you very much). I have found Debian to be quite stable (even using the Unstable branch!), and have not had to reboot any of my systems due to an OS error or crash.

I have even corrupted a couple of my friends into using Debian. They are usually a little wary of the install (Debian's install has quite a reputation), but apt-get always wins them over.

I hear a lot of people complain that Debian's packages are old. This is mostly true of the Stable branch, if you run the Unstable branch, the packages are pretty much just as bleeding-edge as any other mainstream Linux distribution.

For any Linux users out there that want to see a real bleeding-edge Debian-based distribution, look no further than KNOPPIX, which is pretty much as bleeding-edge as you can get. As a matter of fact, while I'm typing in this comment, I'm also using cdrecord on my Debian workstation to burn copies of the latest KNOPPIX ISO to disc for our next Linux User's Group meeting ;-)