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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2

Aug 17, 2000, 15:10 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"I was listening to the GNOME press conference several hours late when the announcement came in over e-mail that Debian had finally declared version 2.2 (Potato) stable. Knowing there would be a stampede for the servers in short order I opened an xterm and typed apt-get update, watched the output to see if any of the source archives had changed, and then typed apt-get upgrade."

"I was rewarded with a quick download and the installation of a shiny, new, fixed version of the mailx package. I went back to work on my newly stable Debian box. The Debian changelog for mailx mentioned that a security tweak had been made. I felt safer and stable. From frozen to full-blown Potato in the time it took to snag a package."

"Pretty anticlimactic stuff, when it comes down to it, and therein lies one of the strengths of Debian GNU/Linux. The project moves forward at a seemingly ponderous pace, but a little time spent reading through the myriad developer and user lists reveals a disarmingly feverish quest for perfection. Its advocates often position it contra everybody else as a distribution wholly disinterested in the latest and greatest, and its deriders bring up just that fact when ticking off reasons they prefer to stick with what they have."

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