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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Debian isn't a newbie distro. It doesn't claim to be a newbie distro. It's for users who know beforehand that their machine uses the "nv" driver and get confused having to look around for a card name (quick, is it under 'R' for Riva or 'N' for NVIDIA or 'C' for Creative Labs, the manufacturer?) It ships almost stock packages without all the vendor specific changes that make the desktop cleaner initially, but much more of a hassle to customize. I personally hate running RedHat's glibc-o-the-day rather than a stock version. Look, I can see making nice easy distros in the form of RedHat or Mandrake or SuSE. But there's not reason to dumb them ALL down. That's why we have distributions, for choices! Now he does have some points, in that the KDE install in Debian is messed up at the moment. I think the main reason is that the maintainers don't want to expend to much effort on the 2.x series, because the 3.x series will replace it soon, but hasn't because they're waiting on gcc 3.2 to become default.