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's development
by jbmadsen on Sun 20th Oct 2002 19:39 UTC

Debian is exactly the same as it was three years ago: rock solid stable distribution intended for people who either a) know how unix systems work or 2) have people around who know how unix systems work. Hopefully they will continue to be exactly the same forever and ever.

Lots of software is continously being added to the archives. Same or different? After all it is just more packages.

Debian is being developed by people who have no other incentives than building the best distribution they can. This hasn't changed and hopefully won't.

So what has Debian developed themselves in the last three years? Defoma springs to mind. Package management and development tools.

In my opinion even asking if Debian is the same as three years ago is just as silly as asking if Redhat is the same today as three years ago. The changes may be more visible with distributions like Redhat or Mandrake who spend a lot of time on eyecandy. But don't be fooled.