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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restated another way
by Darren on Sun 20th Oct 2002 19:02 UTC

Since some people still seem to be missing the point, let me try to restate what's already been stated in another way.

Consider Debian to be a kernel and a world class package management system wrapped up in one, to either be used:
1. by itself as a server
2. with other developer's installation and configuration tools (libranet, xandros)

Complaining that Deb doesn't have a gui installer is almost like complaining that the Linux kernel doesn't have an installer. It's not that it couldn't have it. It's that it's not supposed to have it.