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: Reality
by tony on Sat 19th Mar 2011 03:00 UTC in reply to "Reality"
tony
Member since:
2005-07-06

If you want a "Wizard" that does everything for you - pay the money for Windows and do it "their way". If you want to 'dabble" with Linux but still go with generic installs, install Ubuntu. If you want a stable, powerful OS run Debian and do it "your way".


Comments like this are obnoxious. There's an insipid circular argument in Linux and FOSS in general:

Statement: "I'm not an expert, I don't think I can handle Linux"

Counter: "It's just as easy as Windows! And better!"

and then later:

Statement: "It was too difficult, this didn't work"

Counter: "You n00b, you're not l33t enough. Go back to Windows"

So someone didn't like your favorite Distro. He had valid comments, but rather than address them you attack the messenger. Classy. I liked the review, because it let me know what I'd be in store for if I tried it, and I'm going to avoid it. Not because my skills aren't leet enough, but because I don't have time. I'd rather go with a powerful distro that's a lot quicker to get up and running. I don't have anything against someone who prefers Debian, but there are people who like to get stuff up and running, who don't have time to spend hours working with an OS when they could be spending minutes.

Also, don't confuse familiar with superior.

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RE[2]: Reality
by Soulbender on Sat 19th Mar 2011 09:08 in reply to "RE: Reality"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I don't think anyone who says Linux is as easy as WIndows would set their friend up with Debian and even if they did it's not Debians fault that these people are idiots.

I don't have anything against someone who prefers Debian, but there are people who like to get stuff up and running, who don't have time to spend hours working with an OS when they could be spending minutes.


Then you dont use Dedian. I mean, seriously, is this difficult? Do your homework and pick what is suitable for you and your task. Is this really like rocket science or something?

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RE[2]: Reality - here's a better review
by jabbotts on Mon 21st Mar 2011 20:37 in reply to "RE: Reality"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

If you want a review comparable that lets you know what you may be in for:

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-debian-squeeze

You get lots of screenshots of the installer and details about the install.

sarcasm aside, this is actually a fantastic way to preview what you could potentially be in for. I've often checked back to pull some single step from here for another machine I'm tossing together. You'll see places where config by text is still done too so it's not like it's promoting any side's agenda over the other.

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