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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Innovation needed?
by zWalther on Sun 20th Oct 2002 21:26 UTC

I agree innovation is needed for software but Debian is not just software. The people who write the software should innovate. The strategy used to package, distribute and track bugs can stay the same. The Debian-people do this very well.

It is of course a valid question to ask why anyone should use Debian. Well, it has probably been said a couple of times but apt is a very good reason plus the fact that it just works.

Some of my own experience: I have used Suse, Redhat and Mandrake and now Debian/testing for some time. Apt is the greatest. I update daily (as I said from testing) and I never have any bugs or problems when installing. Just select the program/package/kernel patch in dselect or use apt-get. Until now there is only one program that I wanted to have that wasn't available as a Debian package (mplayer) and that I had to compile myself.