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: Eugenia
by Strike on Sun 20th Oct 2002 19:11 UTC

Debian is focusing on getting a distribution foundation correct from the ground up. They have _the_ most amazing infrastructure of any distribution. They have a process to allow anyone to become a developer of the distribution. They have a policy to which all packages must conform, or they won't even be uploaded successfully (done by lintian, check http://lintian.debian.org/ for details). They have the most advanced packaging system ever, coupled with an excellent configuration system for each package. Their bug tracking system (check http://bugs.debian.org for more details) is my favorite by far (bugzilla is too complicated for most tasks, the Debian BTS works purely on email). They have great developers in general. It supports more architectures than .. well, than any OS ever has, I believe. They are focusing on bringing a common GNU desktop system to the users who are willing to take the time to learn the system, and they are focusing on doing this right. No more, no less.