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: Still hazy
by Eugenia on Sun 20th Oct 2002 20:07 UTC

>I'm still perplexed with the question. What kinda advancements are you looking for?

Nobody is talking about new versions of software and guis.
I am talking about changes to the OS itself that makes it differentiate from others, and changes that make it more strong and modern in the specific areas Debian is aiming for.

For example, are there specific Debian kernel patches that do more than Mandrake and Red Hat etc? Is there automatic support and configuration tools (text mode is fine) for clusters and security not found elsewhere (debian-specific)? Is there support for a filesystem that will make use of attributes by default? Is there special patches for XFree to allow it to do things that can't be done on another distro?

These are samples of advanements. It is made clear that Debian is an OS system, not just a packaged distribution. Therefore, it will have to innovate on areas that other distros don't. Upgrading your kernel, samba version, gnu utils, KDE and Gnome on newer versions on top of the same *BASE* of Debian, as it was 3 years ago, it is NOT innovation.