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Re: [SLUG] RPMs for Debian!
- To: Sydney Linux Users Group <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] RPMs for Debian!
- From: Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Feb 6 22:29:02 2001
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<quote who="Jon Biddell">
> >1) Strong policy
> 1a - A bitch to install, if your goal is to get a productive system up
> quickly (vs VERY bloody clowly with NT)
What does strong policy have to do with the installation? Installing Debian
is a little more technically oriented than the rest (ie. it's not pretty,
and it doesn't skimp on the details), but it's the same old stuff.
I routinely get potato machines up and running in 30 minutes. Configged for
the network, and with all the sillier Gnome options changed. The *only*
thing that gets in my way is X3. Such a frustration coming back from X4. :)
> >2) Debian is a live distribution
> 2a - Which can be dangerous - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
That's precisely why stable exists. If there's any project that pulls "ain't
broke, don't fix" to the extreme, it's Debian.
Some machines *need* to be static, whilst others *need* to be dynamic -
Debian does both in a straightforward way. Choose your poison.
> >3) Receptive developers
> 3a - No more receptive than SuSE, Deadrat, etc. The centralised
> bug-tracking is a big plus.
Here's a different spin: Debian developers are so receptive, that you too
can become an official maintainer! :)
Bug reporting with Debian is good. It's really satisfying when you get an
email back after reporting a bug - a fix, a new package release date, a
thank you, and a bit of self-deprecation thrown in ("I can't believe I did
> >4) Debian has more packages
> 4a - Hmmmmm.... I'll let this slide.
I think SuSE has more.
> >5) Debian helps you pull chicks
Must going to the wrong installfests.
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