Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 20th Oct 2002 17:14 UTC
Debian and its clones "This is a critical review of Debian 3.0, but I want to say right from the start that I'm not trying to bait anyone. However I feel that reviewers often root for Debian as the open-source underdog, and give it marks which it doesn't deserve. If RedHat 8.0 came out with installation software like Debian 3.0 it would be savaged. I think it's time for an honest review, to spur the Debian developers into making the best possible distribution. I really want Debian to succeed. I want to use it daily, and recommend it to my friends. But I can't do that right now and I think it's important people understand why." Read the review and its (already long) discussion at DebianPlanet.
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RE: I don't even have to read the article
by Eugenia on Sun 20th Oct 2002 17:55 UTC

>Debian is made by volenteers who do not care about endusers, they care about a great technical distrobution. then, you get distributors who want to make it enduser nice

Yes, but.
Times change. Even if Debian is about being a technical distro (whatever that means), and not an end-user one, it will still need to advance itself on several key points, to help its distributors catch up with other distros or OSes, easily. So, no matter if Debian is not for end users or not, advances should be made on all its levels, from time to time.
For example, if Debian existed 20 years ago, it wouldn't need most of the stuff it has today, but today, it does need them. In 5 years, it will also need more stuff than it needs today, in order to compete at least in the "technicalities" with other distros/OSes.
My question to you is this: what *new advancements* made to Debian the last 2-3 years that makes it able to compete or even blow-out other OS/distos? Are there any? If yes, which one?
This is an honest question, I am no Debian user, so I truly have this question.