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 Ophidian on Mon 21st Oct 2002 02:36 UTC

eugenia, i think you are being to critical of debian. its like throwing a fit about a passenger van not being able to compete with a viper on an 1/8th mile. debian is a *stable* collection of the linux kernel and various OSS software packages. the debian team puts the software pieces together, and makes sure that everything runs kosher. kernel patching is left for kernel developers, or at least turned in to a kernel developer to be added to the main line and not just patched for a single distro like the RH way.

i would say that debian is not right for you, if you have to have its "innovations" in a bulleted list. i would also say that joe user not being able to install debian really is no big deal. debian is not for joe user. it never has been, and likely never will be. its a distro for people who can answer the question of "what xfree driver do i need for this video card". dont know what xfree is? dont use debian, its not for you. this isnt an elitist attitude either. i dont expect joe user to know how to pick up a defibulator(sp?) and use it properly out of the blue. same with debian.