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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RE[4]: Debian is top
by DeadFishMan on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 19:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Debian is top"
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I used DVD 1, advanced options,and it gave me a choice between GNOME (default), KDE, Xfce, LXDE.

Lots of people use the netinstall.

One can also use the alternative 1st CDs:

Currently there are an option with KDE and other with XFCE and/or LXDE as desktop environment. That's what I use in the rare occasions that I have to install Debian on any of my machines (I've been dist-upgrading for a few years now).

And if you're feeling like it, you can always dist-upgrade to Sid, enable the Experimental repositories and then install KDE 4.2. I'm doing it on my laptop and loving every minute of it! Despite the name, Sid tends to behave a lot better than most 'stable' releases of some other distributions out there. And you can always use apt-preferences, apt-pinning and apt-listbugs to tame it when you have to.

But I agree that they could communicate this fact a bit better on their homepage, though. It's overwhelming (and disappointing) the number of Debian reviews that I've read in the last couple of weeks saying that you have to settle with GNOME when you choose the Desktop profile...

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RE[5]: Debian is top
by h3rman on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 19:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Debian is top"
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The funny thing is (I think) the average Debian dev. is hardly aware of how easy Debian has become to install for even unexperienced users.
They'd probably think, what's the big deal, just to a basic install and later on aptitude install xorg, a window manager etc. later on.
Sure. ;-)
I do use Gnome anyway, if I want a smaller footprint I prefer Openbox. :-)

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