Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2006 14:51 UTC
Debian and its clones "This interview was conducted with Martin F. Krafft, the author of 'The Debian System'. Despite Debian GNU/Linux's important role in today's computing environment, it is largely misunderstood and oftentimes even discounted as being an operating system which is exclusively for professionals and elite users. In this book Krafft, explains his concept of Debian, which includes not only the operating system but also its underpinnings."
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Same here...
by l3v1 on Tue 17th Jan 2006 17:27 UTC
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2005-07-06

...I started back in the days with slackware, then redhat, then thanks to one of my friends arrived to debian quite a few years ago. I always use and have other distros around, these days mostly kubuntu and gentoo, but I still haven't found anything that would provide me with the same cozy feeling as a well installed and config'd debian system. I use debians from woody (yes, still, server tasks) through unstable (one of my main desktops) and don't really have any complaints. Just the opposite.

I wouldn't say though that debian is for newcomers, onyl if they are not the ones who install and config the first debian they will use. That is because I always felt that the main strengths of debian was that you get a base system in a matter of minutes and from there you're the boss. In fact I never really had a "debian" installed, I always had "my-debian" since I was who made a custom install with those packages that I need.

And I am also not saying that other distros suck. They don't. (K)Ubuntu, Gentoo, Slackware, Xandros, even Fedora is a very nice distro (which is really not one of my favourites, still).

All in all, in a distro there's two main things that really matter for most of the users: the installer and the package management. If they are good (not necessarily easy, but good), nothing else really matters.

The only thing I still hate in some distros is the lack of the ability to upgrade to another release without reinstall. Now that's something that makes me use a jackhammer on that iso file.

Edited 2006-01-17 17:29

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RE: Same here...
by pfsams on Tue 17th Jan 2006 19:16 in reply to "Same here..."
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2006-01-05

It is true that "new users" can install Debian. I was thinking of my own experiance as a "complete newbie" as I first starting using a PC in early 2002, believe me when I say I was green! Not to speak ill of other OS's, I gained experiance reinstalling WinXP, which unfortunately was frequent. I learned of Debian by accident after comming across a book about it while in the bookstore. I first tried installing "Potato" and was way over my head at the time. My first succesful Linux install was Mandrake-9.2 in 2003. I guess someone with more knowledge of PC's than I had at the time could figure out a Debian install. I do find that Sarge is an easier install than Mandrake was for me. I was giving my opinion on my own experiance. Debian is top notch, and I would love to see more people using it. I think casual users would be far more secure with Debian, and GNU/Linux in general as so many of them are lax on security. There are too many people who do not have the discipline to keep a windows system secure. More widespread use of Debian & the other Linux & Bsd distros would cut down on malicious programs being spread on the web. I didn't start out to bash Microsoft, but the fact is, too many of their users will not take enough precautions to secure their system, such as upgrading their virus programs when their subscription runs out. There are many people who do not see any real threats on the web. linux would be great for those folks!
Paul Sams

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