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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by Richard Fillion on Sun 20th Oct 2002 19:44 UTC

I'll admit, dselect is HELL during install, and i never use it, i just check off a few of the boxes for the "lamer's" install. eheh But the rest of the debian installer...i think is the best i've ever used. I dont live in ireland, so i havent encountered this guy's problems. You can do _anything_ in that installer. I've seen countless boxes where other distros wouldnt install, i'd say "give me an hour with a debian CD, you'll have linux", i'd find out where the problems would bit, hit alt+f2 for the shell and fix it. I have yet to see a box where it doesnt install. There's none of this "it couldnt find my video card" shit which i've seen so many times with X based installers, they make me sick.

After the install, apt still kicks butt, and if you want to trim down your install, take out dselect (im better at taking out packages with it than adding them eheh), and go through the list, and remove them. I've installed a working system, everything i needed, and X, on a 100meg drive. Made a nice X terminal out of my 386. Show me another distro that can do that.

Debian isnt perfect, but it _works_.

And to the guy that said it supports more architectures than any other OS, sorry, netbsd has it beat (39 i think they have). But i do believe debian supports more architectures than any other linux distro with 11. And when debian supports an architecture, its cause it _works_ on it *points to gentoo's alpha "support"*.