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 in Debian
by murphee on Sun 20th Oct 2002 23:11 UTC

Well, I don't know of many shiny bells&whistles in Debian,
but one interesting thing is the support of GNU/Hurd with
Debian. I haven't tried it, but from what I know, it's basically GNU/Debian with the GNU/Hurd kernel instead
of Linux, with all the advantages (as well as the disadvantages, I guess) of the Hurd kernel.

But my main reason to stick with Debian is the same as the main reason for most other Debian users: apt-get (or the package management system).

And for the argument, that Debian only uses an old Linux kernel... Well, a new/current compiled kernel is (with apt-get) only some keystrokes away, as well as kernel sources (make clean;make dep;make bzlilo; Done!); so I don't really know what the big problem is;