Re: Just my opinion
On Mon, 5 Jul 1999 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> FTI-- After three weeks of fruitlessly working with Debian 2.1, I have
> come to this conclusion: Debian is free because it's WORTHLESS!
Interesting opinion. i disagree though.
> It won't drive your printer,
Drives my printer (Epson Stylus Color 600) fine, except that i haven't yet
told it that the printer automatically inserts a margin at the top so it
doesn't have to.
> it won't detect your modem,
Detected mine fine (3Com model 5687-03) once i set it up properly.
"Properly" being that i set the jumpers, plugged it in, used setserial,
rebooted to check the bios settings, and it worked.
Are you sure you don't have a winmodem? Look it up at
http://www.o2.net/~gromitkc/winmodem.html for a start. Did you set the
proper IRQ and IO address with setserial? If it's PnP, did you properly
configure things with isapnptools or other methods?
> the documentation is incomplete, out of date, or simply wrong,
You have a bit of a point there. Some of the HOWTOs are rather old and
inaccurate, mostly because they were written a few years ago and there've
been many advances since then. Most of the manpages on the other hand are
relatively up-to-date, and many of the more complicated packages even come
with examples (look in /usr/doc/[packagename]).
Then again, can you name an OS with better documentation, leaving out the
issues with Debian/RedHat/Slackware/etc differences? Windows certainly
doesn't; there's much less you can do, and if the 'wizard' fails there's
next to nothing in the docs about making things work (i've looked).
> and the installation procedure has more bugs than a Southeast Asian
Haven't tried to install slink, but i hardly had any trouble installing
hamm with no prior *nix experience. Then again, i didn't use the CDs,
which many people on the list seem to complain about...
> Whatever the advantages of a Linux-type OS may be, no one with a life
> has the hundreds of hours obviously required to make this clunker run.
Hundreds of hours per which timeframe? Or if you mean hundreds of hours
before you get a usable system, that hasn't been my experience.
> Just my humble opinion. -- Max Albert
And this has been mine.