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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Some questions and answers
by Dedoimedo on Mon 21st Mar 2011 19:01 UTC
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Hello fellas,

I've read all of 20 pages of comments. Without any intention to start a new set of flames and arguments, I'd like to answer a few points raised by some of the readers and commenters:

1) A review is an opinion; it does not negate your experience. The two are not mutually exclusive and can coexist well together, despite the ideological or technical differences.

2) I actually like(d) Debian 5, however that distro was released quite a long time ago and my expectations were different back then, hence the seemingly logical discrepancy in my (dis)satisfaction with certain items that are identical in the two releases, yet I favored in the previous release and did not quite like in the latest one.

3) Writing reviews with a justification of the cause with which the software was conceived means embracing and identifying oneself with the ideology/purpose at hand, which defeats objectivity in trying to analyze software as a means to an end.

4) Whether I'm right or wrong is irrelevant, because I'm not trying to delegitimize the purpose and use of Debian. I am giving my perspective as a software user, who perceives operating systems as a commodity. As simple as that. At my workplace, I will happily spend hours and days tweaking, testing, configuring, and fixing systems, but at home, administration is secondary and even detrimental. My facts presented in the review, so to speak, reflect my experience. Nothing more.

I'd like to thank everyone for taking time to read and respond. I understand the heat and passion stem from caring, including some less refined comments. On the same note, I expect you to look beyond your anger or disagreement and see whether negative feedback can be leveraged to improve a product. Criticism does not have to be a bad thing. If I did not care about Debian, I would not have written about it at all. Have you thought about it that way?


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