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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by Drumhellar on Fri 18th Mar 2011 00:18 UTC
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This review should not have been published.

I tire of people thinking every Linux distro should cater to their desires of what a distribution should be.
Of course, it's almost universally "This server/utility oriented distribution makes a sub-par desktop." You never see the opposite.

So, I would ask the reviewer, why do you use Linux?

Ease of use? Windows beats it. Really, it does.

Customization? Why are you complaining about all the install steps, then?

Freedom/Openness? Why do you purchase hardware that isn't open?

Because it's teh r0x0rs? That, I would believe.

What you should have done to start your review, before you even downloaded the image, is just the tiniest bit of research on the goals of the Debian distribution to see if they aligned with your goals or expectations for a distribution.

I've always felt that the primary goals of Debian are customization by default, and openness.

The endless options of the installation procedure facilitates the customization part (I've been annoyed that Squeeze attempts DHCP during install without asking me first).

Eschewing proprietary driver bits facilitates openness. This has been known for a while, and mentioned often. You felt it was acceptable to attempt installation without first checking to see if your hardware was supported? You can't claim openness as a goal if you keep the proprietary bits. They are mutually exclusive.

So, do the goals of Debian align with yours? And if not, are you qualified to review Debian?

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