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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RE: Andrew
by Clinton De Young on Mon 28th Oct 2002 18:48 UTC

What advantages does Debian have over Gentoo and Vice Versa, taking into accoutn that you can use "testing/Unstable" if you want the latest packages?

Debian is a lot more stable that Gentoo. Because of that, if you don't install packages from the unstable build anyway, you only have to install Debian once. When Debian releases a new version, you simply type "apt-get update" and "apt-get dist-upgrade" to upgrade your system to the latest and greatest. It is extremely easy.

On the down side (depending on who you talk to) the stable branch of Debian is considered to be a bit behind the times. This is the price you pay for having great stability in my mind; but to each their own.

The great thing about Gentoo is that you compile everything yourself so it is optimized for your system. Once installed, your Gentoo system will be very fast.

Portage is a nice way to manage packages too. Portage is kind of like Apt, but more closely related to FreeBSD's way of installing packages.

The bad thing about Gentoo is that the packages offered in portage are so new, they sometimes causes Gentoo to fail (although not very often). The other negative, in my mind, is that it takes days to install a usable system.

I hope this helps.