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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i would have to agree with the reviewer...
by bytes256 on Sun 20th Oct 2002 17:59 UTC

the installer needs some refreshing...i've attempted to install debian three times and each time i either got frustrated with the installer or had problems with lacking hardware support in the stupid 2.2 kernel (i also tried the 2.4 kernel, but the installer for that crashed my system)

not to belittle Debian, but for a workstation it seems quite makes my beloved FreeBSD feel cutting edge...on a server I would definitely consider it, but i'm afraid they've fallen behind

stable is really stable i'm sure, but come on...most distros don't even SUPPORT the 2.2 kernel and Debian only supports 2.4 experimentally? when will they support it offically, when 2.6 comes out?

and also not to belittle the Debian team, i respect their work very much, but why are they spreading their already thin resources even thinner by supporting Debian GNU/Hurd...i mean come's not like Debian doesn't need attention in other areas

debian's got some real strengths...i've used shell accounts on debian servers and run a debian system via bochs and i am impressed with what i see...but the installer needs serious help it's confusing even for an experienced user like me (7 years of computer experience including programming, Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris)

anyway...that's my 2 cents