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 and its installer
by Iconoclast on Mon 21st Oct 2002 02:17 UTC

I have tried nearly every Linux distro I can get my hand on (I haven't tried the newbie centric ones like Lycoris, Corel, elx, etc.); however, I've never wanted to stray away from Debian on my main machines.

Although I have ventured into the testing branch before, I usually run stable Debian machines. I have not found any other distro to be as stable and easy to use as Debian is. Sure the installer is text based, but it is easy and it works. The other plus is that you only have to install Debian once per machine (although you may choose to do it more often if you like).

I don't see anything wrong with the installer. It installs Debian simply enough and does it correctly. In other words, it works.

Anyone who makes an OS choice based on the pretty pictures surrounding the installer is a dork in my opinion anyway.