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GNULinux.com: Debian 2.1 Review

Jun 06, 2000, 19:04 (4 Talkback[s])

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"After the installation is finished you will be left at a command prompt where you will be asked your login and password (set earlier in the install program). From there you are on your own to explore the system. Debian does not start you in a graphical interface immediately, which is good and bad. It's good because it forces the new user to learn the system and get to know the internals of Linux. but it's bad for the same reason. You still need to configure X, set up sound and customize your environment."

"One of the strongest points of this distribution is the apt-get program which updates your software easily and is a great way to keep everything in your system up to speed. This is one reason we didn't fault the distribution with having some older packages. Very handy feature!"

"We would not recommend Debian for the GUI-centric crowd or for those who aren't willing to invest some time learning Linux in depth. Debian is a true hackers (in the good sense) distribution that is for those who want to learn and have a great amount of control over their system. If you feel up to the challenge of taking Linux head-on and really learning something about this very stable, popular distribution, then go out and buy the commercial version of Debian (nothing beats having a good book to help you through any problems encountered). This distribution is probably the hardest to configure for newbies, but you come away from the installation and initial use of Debian as if you had learned something instead of just pressing a bunch of buttons to install."

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