Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 17:16 UTC
Debian and its clones eWeek has reviewed Debian 5.0, and concludes: "Version 5 of the Debian GNU/Linux open-source operating system offers the same top management tools and processor support that previous versions of the Linux operating system have. There also are a host of updates to open-source components, and the Linux distribution is still a great fit for servers and a solid desktop choice. However, the top reason for upgrading from version 4 may be the relatively short three-year security fix window, less than the coverage time offered with Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux-derived CentOS."
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Debian is top
by Anonymous Penguin on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 19:29 UTC
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2005-07-06

For me Debian is the top distro, bar none. It offers you stability, huge choice, great tools...
I only regret the rebranding of Firefox and Thunderbird and the total disappearance of Seamonkey.

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RE: Debian is top
by Lennie on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 20:14 in reply to "Debian is top"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Sometimes I would like a bit more up to date packages, but usually maybe one per machine so it aint that bad.

Debian does everything I need from an OS and more.

Maybe Debian really is the universal operating systen. :-)

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RE[2]: Debian is top
by Lennie on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 21:40 in reply to "RE: Debian is top"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Let me just add, what I need is usually in backports and easily added.

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RE: Debian is top
by gustl on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 09:59 in reply to "Debian is top"
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2006-01-19

The 5.0 version truly is amazing!

I installed it, and everything just worked. No tweaking whatsoever.

I am using a GigaByte main board with an AMD Athlon, an ATI Radeon HD3200 on board graphics chip, an SATA hard disk and an external USB DVD drive.

Installed without a glitch, ran without a glitch.

Only remaining issue: 3D Graphics support. You don't yet get that with the free drivers, and the commercial drivers are a PITA.

Give it another 2 years, and we will see Debian deliver the last remaining corner stone as well.

One last (rather cosmetic) thing with the installer remains: At installation, there is no easy selection between KDE, GNOME, XFCE, ... as main desktop environment. Only "Desktop", and then you get GNOME without further question.
I think, I will add this as a feature request for the next release.

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RE[2]: Debian is top
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 12:36 in reply to "RE: Debian is top"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06


One last (rather cosmetic) thing with the installer remains: At installation, there is no easy selection between KDE, GNOME, XFCE, ... as main desktop environment. Only "Desktop", and then you get GNOME without further question.
I think, I will add this as a feature request for the next release.


I used DVD 1, advanced options,and it gave me a choice between GNOME (default), KDE, Xfce, LXDE.

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RE[2]: Debian is top
by vivainio on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 19:49 in reply to "RE: Debian is top"
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2008-12-26


I installed it, and everything just worked. No tweaking whatsoever.


It involved a degree of tweaking for me (I installed kde). This is in comparison to Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10:

1. I had to unbreak the fonts (they looked pretty bad). Involved at least fontconfig and qt4 settings app, probably some other stuff I don't remember

2. Had to download install firefox (see #1,fonts on iceweasel looked horrible).

3. Had to install nvidia drivers. Yeah, Ubuntu 8.04 had the same problem - huge fonts in gdm.

4. Had to add myself to sudoers manually.


One last (rather cosmetic) thing with the installer remains: At installation, there is no easy selection between KDE, GNOME, XFCE, ... as main desktop environment. Only "Desktop", and then you get GNOME without further question.


Agreed. At least it should have warned that it's a gnome desktop. I installed Lenny because I wanted a conservative KDE distro, and had to install kde after-the-fact. Maybe some of the breakage was because of this.

I would still recommend Ubuntu 8.04 over Lenny for people with very little time for tweaking - for easy googleability of problems & solutions if nothing else. If you feel like taking a break from Ubuntu, Lenny is a good choice; it's pretty much the same thing, but not so much that it would get boring ;-).

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