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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Like boot times, I often wonder why we care about the amount of steps in setup. Debian isn't for normal users. I like that it gives me more settings up front, and while too many details can overwhelm normal users, Debian is not for normal users.

Setup should only be done once in a blue moon, like every few years, why should we care if it has too many steps?

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jack_perry Member since:

Maybe Debian users don't care, and that's fine. I still remember when Fedora and Ubuntu (? I think) advised the user to wipe their partition before installing a new upgrade. Since they release often, that's supposed to be done relatively frequently, yes? But maybe not Debian.

Either way, I personally prefer having very few steps on a fairly standard system, really as few as possible, and getting a working installation up and running. Lots of unnecessary setup can be done post facto. Many parts can be done by probing the device itself. Writing an installation program, like all good software engineering, is an art form. I like most of the ones I've seen, and I haven't seen Debian so I'm not taking the guy's side. But distros ought to pay a lot of attention to that.

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sorpigal Member since:

It's not because they release often it's because their ability to do online upgrades correctly and cleanly is almost nonexistent. Debian does online upgrades very well and doesn't require a reinstall no matter what the release cycle is.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

I really don't see what the big deal is unless it is targeted at a casual demographic.

I never cared about the FreeBSD installer for the same reason. Sure it could be easier but since it is server focused a competent admin should not be upset about it. There is also plenty of documentation online to answer any questions.

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