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 Ed Page on Mon 21st Oct 2002 00:32 UTC

Another note on the installer.

I believed someone mentioend something along these lines. I just thought Id repeat it in my own words. Debian gives you control. It starst with what works for people and you can do and not do what will work for you. How many graphical isntaller based distributions still offer a text based install and how good is it? how easy i it to get to?

I can udnerstand why they dont hasve a graphical install yet, not an good architecure to still support text based installs. Thats what the new installer fixes. They created udebs (Micro packages) to handle packaging and dependencies for plugins for the installer. Just now I read a status update that mentioned a GTK front end.
I dont have personal experience with it but how stable si hardware detection? What happens with unsupported/broken hardware. When debian supports it, I bet tehyll give you a chcie to detect. I rememebr seeing a Red Hat and Mandrake isntall and dont rememebr a choice about hardware detection.