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Linux Journal: Debian Rules

Aug 22, 2000, 07:31 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"We have a new Debian; Linux rules embedded systems; the desktop wars are not over; and freedom is good."

"I might as well start with a disclaimer. Debian is my favorite Linux distribution - make that GNU/Linux distribution - and I'm using a Debian box now. There. And, by the way, if anyone at Linux Journal writes something incorrect about your favorite distribution, it is not a harmless error. It's the result of our deep-seated prejudice against your distribution of choice and the main ethnic group in your distribution's "home" country. If we do make a mistake, please send us e-mail IN ALL CAPS RIGHT AWAY to point out that we're hypocrites and bigots and all that, otherwise we'll never learn. Thanks in advance, and back to my LinuxWorld notes."

"My Debian-o-philia aside, Debian 2.2, the "Joel 'Espy' Klecker" release, is still pretty impressive, because it doesn't make an impression. It's seamless. Just do an apt-get dist-upgrade, and your Debian box is upgraded from the last version. The only reason to even get a new Debian CD is if you're someplace with a heinously slow Net connection, or if the kernel on the old CD doesn't support your hardware. All that work looking for a black CD-ROM drive, and I'll never use it again."

"Installing Debian is as awkward as upgrading is smooth; but RTFM, make some coffee, and power through the install. It's worth it, especially if you're relying on informal user-group channels for support. I've been noticing more and more of the local user-group wizards going to Debian, so you'll find skilled support there."

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