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 jbmadsen on Sun 20th Oct 2002 20:33 UTC

At least as far as XFree86 goes, a very large portion of the porting to other architectures than i386 is done by the Debian X Strike Force. It is simply necessary to get XFree86 working properly (which includes a lot more than merely compiling) on all the platforms which Debian supports.

On the topic of architectures, no Linux distribution supports as many architectures as Debian. It's true that there are other OSes which support more architectures (like NetBSD), but on the other hand Debian has in the cases I know of a lot more software packaged. This is important for those of us who use other hardware than mainstream i386. It is a huge advantage to be able to install the same OS and the same packages on all systems regardless of the architecture. This goes a long way to minimize time spent on system administration and increase security (due to more time for learning the specific OS/distro better).

Debian stagnant? I don't believe so. And I doubt anyone subscribed to Debian's mailing lists think so either.

But people care for various things. Some care about portability and different architectures. Other people care about eyecandy such as flicker-free window moving or rounded edges instead linear ones.