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: Comment by marblesbot
by phoenix on Fri 18th Mar 2011 17:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by marblesbot"
phoenix
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2005-07-11

The only problem I've had with Squeeze is that, since I didn't read through the release notes and changes, I didn't know GRUB2 has replaced GRUB. I prefer GRUB.


Ugh, GRUB2 is just nasty. Especially the way its installed on Debian/Ubuntu.

GRUB1 was easy to manage: just edit /boot/grub/menu.lst

GRUB2 is impossible to manage, as there are 4 different directories under /etc where the config is splattered around, with most of it being scripted and so chock full of variables that aren't defined anywhere. Good luck getting a simple listing of what's checked, in what order, during the boot.

I don't know if it's a specific Debian thing, or
a general Linux thing, but this move toward umpteen zillion tiny config files for each service is just assinine! It's making it impossible to manage servers via SSH and a text editor.

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RE[2]: Comment by marblesbot
by marblesbot on Fri 18th Mar 2011 22:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by marblesbot"
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2009-12-25

I totally agree. I tried to edit the GRUB config file after I installed the new FreeBSD next to Debian and COULD NOT find it. I'm normally an ArchLinux user and they've mostly stayed away from all the split config files. Or I haven't noticed a big change. Of course, Debian is the standard for so many other distros so whatever way they go is where all the others go, too.

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