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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Irrelevant? Elitist?
by Tugrul Galatali on Mon 21st Oct 2002 21:16 UTC

I'm not sure why some people seem bent on making us feel guilty for doing stuff our way.

Debian is like a politician that doesn't take contributions to fund his campaigns. It doesn't need to answer to anyone. The guys running the show do what they want. And they will tend to scratch their own itches, which also happened to be shared by a substantial group of people.

If you don't like that installer, that is your itch. Scratch it yourself. If you don't want to, or can't, then relish in the availability of options and use one of the other distributions that have your interests in mind.

But don't expect to get anywhere by complaining here. I'm sure that all of the "improvements" mentioned here have crossed the minds of the multitude of people working on Debian. Whatever they've chosen to do about them, this discussion isn't going to change their mind.

And there is nothing elitist about that. Its rather ungrateful to tell volunteers what they should be doing, or to tell them they are irrelevant because you don't like their work. The review itself seemed fine (can't pull up debianplanet to look over it again), but some of the posts here have started crossing the line.