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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RE[3]: Angry Rant Reviews present
by mrstep on Fri 18th Mar 2011 14:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Angry Rant Reviews present"
mrstep
Member since:
2009-07-18

Yeah, he didn't pick his hardware correctly, that's surely the right answer for Debian. I think the complaint was that everything needed to be manually configured starting with the damned firmware - what the hell kind of install is that?

It's a perfectly valid (attempted) review - a reason someone shouldn't even consider reaching for this installer unless they specifically need it.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

I think the complaint was that everything needed to be manually configured starting with the damned firmware - what the hell kind of install is that?


Complaining about the lack of proprietary firmware on the install image, when installing a distribution which is widely known and very vocal about the fact that it does not ship proprietary firmware, is ridiculous.

It's about as interesting as "reviewing" Arch Linux and lambasting it for following a rolling release schedule, or noting that RHEL seems to be particularly well suited to servers.

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mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

What, his card didn't already have a firmware? It needed another firmware because whoever is building this decided that you can't have an open driver on top of a non-open-source firmware. I get that Stallman and a couple of other people on the planet are purists/zealots to that degree, and if Debian is intended to be for the mullahs issuing anti-anything-proprietary fatwahs and their devout followers, I guess that's fine, just don't expect it to ever have a wider take-up. But don't expect glowing reviews when the installer starts picking out hardware that looks 'impure' to it either.

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