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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My experience Debian is similar
by Geekboula on Fri 18th Mar 2011 01:23 UTC
Geekboula
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2011-03-18

I did a full test of Debian 6. And I must say that I have encountered the same problems as the author of this article. I also a blog for 2 last years were I test Linux Distro and wrote article about my experience of user.
I agree with the author. Debian 6 is not a good version. A want to be too purist. We forget that the essential is to have a simple system to install, configure and use daily. I so hated my experience I had the impression of having a system of 90 years front me. Really I do not understand the direction of the developers team .

As stated so well the author of this article, it is difficult to criticize Debian. Without incurring the wrath of fans maniac Debian.
Too many CD and DVD. It's confusing for the novice and the same means which would start on Linux.

With less courage than the author of the article, I chose not to do an article on my blog an article on Debian. Because I knew that I would have the maniac fans of Debian on my back.

Freebsd has the same problems as Debian. Lots and lots of attention but in the end who really install and use. Except the fans. Which represents only a small number of people in the world of PC.

I think the expectations were high.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06



As stated so well the author of this article, it is difficult to criticize Debian. Without incurring the wrath of fans maniac Debian.

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Freebsd has the same problems as Debian. Lots and lots of attention but in the end who really install and use. Except the fans. Which represents only a small number of people in the world of PC.


I suppose you mean "Debian zealots"
I haven't met many of them, I have met by far more other distros' zealots, since I use Linux (8 years).

Debian as FreeBSD? I don't see how. Debian has had, since Sarge, an installer with hardware auto configuration. Besides without Debian how many Linux distros wouldn't exist? More than half.
FreeBSD has only one derivative of some relevance, PC-BSD, which is 23rd at DistroWatch.
Debian itself is 4th at DistroWatch, thus it can't be such crap, nor it can be used only by a few zealots.

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Geekboula Member since:
2011-03-18

Your comment gives me reason! Being 4th on Distrowatch Either means nothing. Like being first. This ranking is based on the pages visited.

My experience with Debian is based on three desktop and 1 laptop. The same problem has been recurring on 4 PCs. No sound, wifi setup that works not, and installation step is very long too long. At the end you have basic soft with a look 90s. Sorry but it's reality.
This does not detract from the quality of Debian development. But trying too hard to be a purist, it misses the needs of ordinary PC user.
True that there are several distro based on Debian, they are also more popular. Probably they have understood something that the Debian team has not grasped yet. Even aptosid is more polished in every way and you install in some few clicks.

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jsumners Member since:
2005-07-06

We forget that the essential is to have a simple system to install, configure and use daily...Really I do not understand the direction of the developers team.
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It's confusing for the novice and the same means which would start on Linux.


Wrong. It is not essential that Debian be easy for novice users. Debian's goal is to provide a free, stable, OS. Nothing more. That is the "direction of the developers team." They have routinely accomplished that goal to the satisfaction of _many_ users.

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