Linked by Clinton De Young on Sun 27th Oct 2002 18:15 UTC
Debian and its clones After reading many of the posts regarding the recent OSNews story, "An Unbiased Review of Debian 3.0", I thought this article may be useful to those who would like to try Debian, but are a little intimidated by its installer. Several of the posts to the above mentioned story indicated that Debian's installer was a huge hurtle for many people, who would otherwise like to try it. I have found Debian to be the most useful flavor of Linux, so I wanted to write an easy, though somewhat long, walkthrough in the hopes of allowing a wider audience to experience first hand this stable and unique Linux distribution.
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by Richard Fillion on Sun 27th Oct 2002 20:30 UTC

how hard could it possibly be to simply type "startx" when you want it... and when you dont its not taking up your resources...

XDM is not only for a nice purdy (or not so purdy) graphical login. There is MUCH more to XDM, like remote X sessions, which is the reason i like it.