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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Innovation
by Ed Page on Sun 20th Oct 2002 20:41 UTC

I agree with you Eugenia about a need for Innovation. the problem is trying to find an area to innovate within. If everyone uses non standard stuff then, why not have soemthing to provide teh vanilla approach? That removes half of your exampels of inovations. The other about programs to simplify things, the debian style is more to use other ones, common among all.

work in source based work would b an improvement and I think someone mentioend tehre was. the new installer they are working on soudns good and i look forward to it. Someone mentioned the splitting of efforts with HURD. I think its good. itll clean up the distribution of bad practices, people are working on it taht want to, so that means its not taken from teh Linux side of Debian. DISCLAIMER: I think HURD does have a future, though in a niche maybe if it cant pickup teh Linux inertia when it is mature. I think working on anotehr kernel is the most future oriented of any of teh distributions. Its looking at supporting a kernel taht will give it many features Linux cant handle or nto easily

Oh, and what is hard about teh install? it is fairly straightforward for a technical person IMO. The only problem I have ever had was
1)the fdisk program before cfdisk (Many people remember what I pain taht was?)
2)In debian 2.0 I think it was before it went into dselect it asked a question fo whetehr to do simple or dselect package install. That dialogue was confusing as to which answer would produce which result but I think I figured it out everytime.