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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no automatic install
by velko on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 12:32 UTC

The autor mentions that debian runs on 11 architectures. The intention is to have the same system with the same capabilities no matter which hardware you use. And therefore writing an automated installer which supports all architecutres is a hard (if not impossible) task.

So not having an easy installer is not that bad - uniformity is important.