Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Mar 2007 23:16 UTC, submitted by da_Chicken
Debian and its clones "Debian GNU/Linux used to have a reputation as the toughest GNU/Linux distribution to install, yet the easiest to maintain. In fact, Debian's package management system has played a huge role in the proliferation of projects based on Debian. Suffice it to say that anyone who can install their own operating system can generally install Debian Etch with little or no trouble. If you've never installed Debian before, it's fairly easy to walk through the default installation without realizing you have options. Let's explore the Debian Installer, to find out just what options we do have."
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RE[3]: To be honest...
by farfromhome on Mon 12th Mar 2007 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: To be honest..."
farfromhome
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2007-02-19

Not really. I'll take Anaconda with Kickstart any day. The installer discussed does look horrendously primitive to my eye.

I don't understand why an organization with the talent, and number of developers, that Debian claims to have can't get this right.


To each their own. I think that the Debian installer is elegent in its simplicity, and works as smooth as butter, as opposed to Anaconda, which works but seems more slow and quirky to me.

If you want to "prettify" it, have you tried the graphical version yet? d-i is modular, so anyone can write an even more pleasing-to-the-eye front-end to it whenever they want. I'll take its rock-solid stability over a pretty front-end any day though.

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RE[4]: To be honest...
by sbergman27 on Mon 12th Mar 2007 22:33 in reply to "RE[3]: To be honest..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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I think that the Debian installer is elegent in its simplicity, and works as smooth as butter
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You are completely missing the point.

I care more about flexibility than pretty. It's just that Anaconda happens to have both.

You can have the elegance and simplicity of the Debian installer... whatever that is supposed to mean. Seems to me, its just simple.

And the butter is likely to give you a heart attack. I would advise cutting down. (No offense, Butters. ;-) )

For deployment at client sites, I still prefer Anaconda/Kickstart.

For installation in your parents' basement, Debian's installer may be OK. ;-)

Edited 2007-03-12 22:38

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RE[5]: To be honest...
by farfromhome on Mon 12th Mar 2007 23:03 in reply to "RE[4]: To be honest..."
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2007-02-19

I hate to feed the trolls, but...

Debian is the base of many more distributions than Fedora, so it must be doing something right. The top home user distro right now is Ubuntu, and Debian itself is very well respected as a server (though I like it as a desktop too). Speaking of Ubuntu, its text-based installer for those who can't, for whatever reason (unsupported video card or RAID or whatnot) use ubiquity uses...the Debian Installer.

I'm not saying that Anaconda doesn't have its strengths, but to propose that it's superior simply because you like it better doesn't mean anything. Let's say that you're right that Anaconda is more flexible for corporate deployment (I don't do corporate deployments so I can't say either way)...does that help if your corporation has lots of old DEC Alpha machines that they are repurposing? Debian is much more cross-platform. In other words, your precious Anaconda isn't better in all situations, or even most.

I never claimed that d-i was superior for everyone, just that I find it much better for myself. You might want to learn some humility yourself.

Cut down on your margarine with all its partially hydrogynated oils and then talk to me about the health of butter. ;-)

And your parents' basement is more likely to be running Gentoo than either Debian or Red Hat/Fedora. ;)

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