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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Debian is user friendly, considering the alternatives
by rulle on Sun 20th Oct 2002 20:59 UTC

Reinstalling SuSE/RedHat/Mandrake every time they release a new version is not my idea of user friendliness. Those systems are practically impossible to update without breakage (Demanding guru knowledge to sort out). You can run a Debian desktop, continiously updated with recent software, _for years_ witout reinstalling, that is why Debian is more user friendly than the others.

Why whould a small detail like the installer be so important if you compare it to the above? If you actually use the system and not just testing/giwing a whirl/ playing, which feature would you consider most important for user friendliness?

The installer seems very important for users of the other distros becouse they spend so much time in them! :-)