Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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Comment by abstraction
by abstraction on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:47 UTC
abstraction
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2008-11-27

Considering the state of other modern distributions it is now very clear how far behind Debian is in it's current state.

I'm using Arch where you basically need to configure everything manually. Even though it is more work initially it still seems like a better alternative to using Debian's installer. This is probably because Arch documentation is so damn good I don't need an installer to do things for me.

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RE: Comment by abstraction
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 18th Mar 2011 05:04 in reply to "Comment by abstraction"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

It's amazing what problems good documentation will solve.

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RE: Comment by abstraction
by cmchittom on Fri 18th Mar 2011 13:27 in reply to "Comment by abstraction"
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2011-03-18

It's funny that you say that. After having used Red Hat, Mandrake, Debian, CRUX, Slackware, and Arch at various times over about eight or nine years, I switched to BSD precisely because of the documentation—which on the BSDs is actually kept up-to-date and accurate. I just got tired of the man pages being absent, outdated, flat-out inaccurate, or just pointers to the info pages (Dear GNU/FSF: nobody likes info pages, ok srsly?).

And online forums, while helpful, are not and cannot be a real substitute for having proper documentation in the first place.

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RE: Comment by abstraction
by phoenix on Fri 18th Mar 2011 17:29 in reply to "Comment by abstraction"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Hrm, so to install and configure Arch, you did a bunch of reading ahead of time and managed to make things work.

Yet, you think doing the exact same thing for Debian is wrong, and shouldn't be needed, thus Debian is a fail?

How the heck does that make sense?

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