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 is an open project!
by matt on Sun 20th Oct 2002 19:42 UTC

if you want a better installer then write one and contribute it.

debian is getting better for non-technical users, but it isnt going to happen soon. debian requires that everyhting be bug tested to death, so it is unlikely that anything will immediately supplant dselect. even though it sucks, it works and is nearly bug-free.

i know this is the typical "jaded guru" response, but has anyone writing these damning reviews ever tried to write an installer that works on x86, ppc, sparc, etc... before?