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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Comment by Gregory Isaacs
by Gregory Isaacs on Fri 18th Mar 2011 21:42 UTC
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Sometimes things are not so simple. I've installed Debian somewhere in 2003 (don't know which version) on PPC and later on x86 and can't say that it was a too difficult task. Just recently I wanted to install NetBSD on my netbook and ran into some problems I didn't experience before (had OpenBSD and NetBSD installed on both PPC and x86 in 2003) and then went through a few installs of Dragonfly etc.. My main desktop OS is Gentoo and I'm used to it 7 years now and I like the way it's set up and the way you can configure it as well as the documetation.
I believe I can understand the reviewer in some parts of his rant that the some things shouldn't be an issue in 2011 anymore or at least you should be able to have workarounds. For me it was no problem to install Debian, OpenBSD, NetBSD in 2003 on the hardware I had and get everything to work, but to work on the same level in 2010 made me happy to switch back to Gentoo where at least for me there is a logical way to solve problems.

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