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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RE: Debian
by mmmna on Thu 19th Feb 2004 19:22 UTC

Anyone who defends Debian as though god himself created it needs a new head: Go install 3.0.0 from scratch and FOLLOW the ONSCREEN directions, do NOT use your experience: the installer clearly says use dselect to configure packages... when I lost 3 installs due to dselect messing up; I joined the Debian mailing list, and got laughed at for even using dselect: 'everryon knows that you dselect is broken' and 'what a fool - everyone knows that you should use apt instead of dselect'. Not this former user of Debian! The instructions in the INSTALLER say use dselect. If a nwbie is expected to do ONE thing correctly, it would be to follow onscreen instructions. Debian can work, I've since installed it a few times, but it certainly has rough edges.

Arch, otoh, has various instructions which are written by Arch development people. In many instances, Arch docs are much more clear about 'how-to' than the docs within the packages themselves. The only problem I had with Arch (which was during installation) has been personally addressed by their lead developer. Try talking to Ian....

Arch holds my personal record for fastest time from ext3 partitioned hard disk to KDE GUI: less than 17 minutes on an Athlon 1GHz. Try that with Debian!