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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RE Debian's great
by maxphil on Tue 9th Sep 2003 02:55 UTC

I agree. I am in the process of moving back to Debian after using Gentoo for the past year and seeing what the latest was with Mandrake and Redhat, and experimenting with Slackware. Gentoo is a wonderful system, and great learning tool, but it's insistence on compiling everthing from source is just not worth it to me. Debian is designed to be powerful, and though it doesn't seem it, be easy to manage. You do have to learn the installer and the idiosyncrasies of it's slick tools, but modconf makes module configuration a cinch, make-kpkg simplifies building the kernel, and of course, apt-get is simply the greatest in simplifying package management.

I just tried MEPIS www.mepis.org, a Debian based livecd that can also dump a fully workable Debian system to hard disk, which looks great. I would also recommend Libranet if you can afford it. Libranet greatly helps installing by virtue of it's hardware detection and graphical configuration, sadly two things lacking from Debian's otherwise powerful installer.