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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ahhh...the vocal minority...
by bytes256 on Mon 21st Oct 2002 17:35 UTC

how come whenever someone criticizes your favorite linux/unix distribution, the zealots all come out to defend their system with the same tired arguments...

the concerns expressed here are legitimate concerns...and by the way my favorite *nix isn't linux it's FreeBSD, but i'll readily admit there are lots of problems with it. The installer for FreeBSD ain't a whole lot better and requires a little bit of practice...but it certainly is far more intuitive to me, not that that matters...

the point here is...the installer needs refreshing, so instead of defending it, recode it...or accept that your distro has limitations...yeah apt-get is great (nearly as cool as ports), but ya gotta get debian on your system first, and package management is not the be-all-end-all issue for deciding amongst *nix distros

just my coupla pennies