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 doesn't need to compete
by Chris on Mon 21st Oct 2002 19:01 UTC

I've read at least 3 posts that say, "Debian needs to do X to compete." The philosophy of the Debian distro is that it does NOT need to compete with other distros. RedHat, Mandrake, etc. do need to compete because they are driven by financial forces. These are actual companies that need to make money to survive. Debian is run by people who put in spare time (for the most part) to keep it running. The servers are kept up by donations from many different parties (in monetary form as well as servers, bandwidth, etc.).

I've seen way too many so-called "reviews" of Linux distros that spend 80% of the time reviewing the installation process when the installation process is only the first hour or even less of exposure to the distro. Though it's true Debian's installer is not user friendly by any means for someone who doesn't know what they're doing, that's not Debian's strong point. When I install now, I IGNORE dselect, use tasksel to install basic X, desktop stuff, and development stuff. From there I just apt-get install any apps that I see that I need. After that, I just do an apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade every once in a while and I get all the latest versions of my software. This means that I don't need to download and burn CDs every time I want to upgrade all my software (with possibly losing any updates I've already added that are newer than the versions provided by the latest distro version).