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 Lennie on Fri 18th Mar 2011 18:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Angry Rant Reviews present"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

I just think Debian is not intended for that audience.

Some Debian derived distribution like Ubuntu is much more suited for that audience.

Actually I know so, my parents don't have a mac or windows, they have a laptop with Ubuntu LTS. And this works just fine and has been for years.

No they did not do the installation, but they can not install Windows either.

If I do the installation or they buy it preinstalled from the shop it would suit them just fine.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

I just think Debian is not intended for that audience.

Some Debian derived distribution like Ubuntu is much more suited for that audience.

Actually I know so, my parents don't have a mac or windows, they have a laptop with Ubuntu LTS. And this works just fine and has been for years.

No they did not do the installation, but they can not install Windows either.

If I do the installation or they buy it preinstalled from the shop it would suit them just fine.


Can somebody explain me something? You are one of a few who said: Debian is not for my parents, but Ubuntu is. But I installed it (and I suppose you maintain it).
So if you installed Debian, where was the difference?
One might think that the problem lies with you, rather than with your parents.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Ubuntu seems to be more focused on setting up the desktop in such a way that everything is where a user probably expects it to be. And the software is and needs to be more up to date than on the server.

With Debian the desktop users are more of a second-class citizen I think or atleast should be familiar with Debian.

I do run Debian servers and everything is exactly where I would expect it to be. No surprises. A lot less updates other than security fixes and hardware support means very little work for admins. Because things which don't upgrade don't break.

So I think server users are the first-class citizens for Debian.

An example if your Apache is 36 months old you might not even notice. But if your Firefox is 36 months old you might be missing out on a lot of stuff.

It's kind of like RHEL isn't really targeted at the desktop either. :-)

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