Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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Here We Go Again with the Debian Stable Bashing...
by OmegaBlac on Thu 12th Feb 2004 03:29 UTC

Oh another distro review where the reviewer makes it a point and goes out the way to bash Debian 'Woody' & Debian 'Sid'.

Reviewer: "Oh Debian Stable is too old!"

Use Sarge(testing) or use the backports - ever heard of those? If you really must have the latest and greatest with Woody use the backports.

Reviewer: "Oh I don't wanna use Debain Unstable because it broke my system!"

Uh...thats why it is refered to as UNSTABLE! Like many that have commented already, I have never really had a problem using Sid. Is it rock-solid for me? Believe it or not, YES! Do I realize that it is still "unstable" and could break my system? YES I DO! Which begs the question of were you trying to intentionally break your system in the first place? Unless you running a server or something important then Sid is just what you need if you want the latest and greatest but keep in mind that you take a chance using it just like with any other distro that runs at the bleeding edge.

I've tried Arch Linux last year and I will admit it is one of the better distros I have used in the past 2 years. Pacman is a great package manager. Better then APT? No. APT is a more powerful tool that has been around longer(battle-tested).

Arch is a fast, configurable distro. I like the support that the friendly Arch community gives to newcomers to the distro but also like the fact that Arch is not geared toward the newbie Linux user but toward >=intermediate/veteran. But right now Arch just does not have the amount of packages that Debian has and I prefer APT to Pacman. Debian satisfies my needs for computing very nicely. If I ever get a spare PC I will happily install Arch on it but until then its Debian for me.