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 Long Pai-Te on Mon 21st Oct 2002 19:56 UTC

You're right, but you're also paraphrasing me. More and more wish to use Debian... and when they try, soon find they can't. The obtuseness in the Debian install seems almost intentional. Elitism is unbecoming of Linux, and that is exactly the notion left with many people after a Debian install, and (quite frankly), that is the notion many in this thread have been purporting. I have to wonder aloud: Just say it, is Debian for any Linux user, or for the few who can solve its enigmatic installation, only to face days of downloads and configuration? Debian's methods are ancient, and quite frankly, self-defeating.