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 from the beginning
by William Ray Barker on Mon 21st Oct 2002 07:35 UTC

When I first got my PC in 1997 I was almost scared to use Windows since all I knew up till then was Solaris. My dad was an IBM mainframe workers so thats all I knew was UNIX up till then using Solaris. Debian was the best thing I could use at the time since I could install a base, then download and install Debain by modem (took over a day) then even update it every single day. I was using CHAP and Debian had the best modem tool at the time. Debian as a whole was perfect to learn the differences between Solaris and Linux and it was perfect because at the time RedHat was famous for doing everything the RedHat way. RedHat at the time was actually a joke, if you knew someone even using RedHat you would laugh, laugh because of security, laugh for every reason you could think of. Now it is different.

The next time I tried Debian was this year and I was surprised to see it was pretty much the same thing, not only that but it wasn't update that much. Basically it was the same system but you just did a lot of updates all at once. Even the term Potato and Potato Debian was being used in 97.

The only reason I use RedHat now, is one reason... It has money behind it, and company's behind it. I don't think it's the best, nor the easiest, but it's the best all around you can get. Just because of that reason.

I feel now Debian is the FreeBSD of Linux... if you want to do things the old fashioned way, and you want to do everything manually so everything is designed for you then Debian is for you. If you want things setup for typical use then use something else.

I don't really have the time to use Debian so I don't use it anymore... Debian is a hoppy, or a tool for someone that is really paraniod and want to be up to date every second of a day. Unlike other Linux you can use other vendors and welcome other users Debian users are hardcore to Debian, as in a friend I have. It's either Debian or death to all. As like I said... I have a friend that updates his Debian daily... which in a way is good to get rid of bugs on the spot, I guess...