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 Vince on Sun 20th Oct 2002 20:47 UTC

I think they are trying to say that Debian is of course evolving but that is not the same kind of evolving your thinking of. Rather than Red Hat heavily modifying every package to be a red hat system. Debian produces a system built with unmodified parts. Of course as each part gets evolved by their respective coders that whole OS gets evolved. The difference is that Red Hat also interjects their own evolving code into their distrobutions while debian is fine just introducing the evolution of its different parts.

Its not like Debian is going to fall off the planet feature wise or anything. Just think of Red Hat, Mandrake etc as being like the feature branch of IRIX and debian being the maintenance branch. Eventually the features will trickle down to Debian but not before it works the way its supposed to.

The only reason one would consider that as being behind is becuase the standard linux procedure is make it half work and then move on to adding a new feature. Debian just so happens to wait for something to completely work and then adds it. So then the decision of choosing Debian or another distro becomes a matter of how patient are you when it comes to waiting for new features?