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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Too much hassle
by Ronald on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 14:12 UTC

I think all the technical details would be way too much hassle for me. I just want to install it, use some graphical configuration tools to finish it off and then be done with it, just use the stuff and be creative. Why?

1) Computers are, well, computers: they can compute. So let them figure out all things that can be figured out by computations! In this regard, I think the GUI is still in its infancy (yes, OS X too.)
2) My computer is my tool, it accelerates some of the tasks I want to do or provides a substrate to work with. I want to use it, not to be enslaved by its restrictions or maintenance.

So Debian is absolutely nothing for me but I can understand that some people prefer it. As for Gentoo, I think it's a total waste of time and energy to compile a whole software system for every individual computer. What is the gain?