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CNET: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 [Review]

Nov 05, 2000, 14:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anthony McConnell-Collins)

"With support for more platforms than any other Linux distribution and almost 4,000 software packages, Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 is arguably one of the most versatile Linux distributions available. This version of Debian has been in development for 18 months, with contributions from approximately 500 volunteer programmers. While there are no major surprises in this version, it's worth noting that installation has been improved slightly. But the uninitiated should be warned: with no printed documentation and little in the way of onscreen guidance, Debian still isn't the distribution of choice for new Linux users."

"Known for its prolific offerings, you might think Debian would eventually run out of GNU software to add to its distributions. But public support for the Debian Social Contract hasn't waned; approximately 1,200 new packages have been contributed to this release. No matter what software you need on a new system, there's probably an application or utility somewhere in the distribution that will do the job."

"Debian 2.2 also widens its sphere of influence by adding the PowerPC and ARM processor architectures to its roster of supported platforms, so Debian will now run on iMacs and Netwinders. There are even several different flavors of installation kernels, each tailored to accommodate various hardware configurations. You also have several installation alternatives using a variety of media, your local network, or the Internet."

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