Re: Debian review...
On Fri, Sep 28, 2001 at 08:22:08AM -0500, Alexander Wallace wrote:
> Hello there! I don't want to start any controversy here or anything like
> that.... But I was reading the newbiezided help files at
> and found out that in the reviews they make about several distros, they
> don't have a very good one for debian, not necesarily becouse the guy
> making the review doesn't like debian very much, but becouse he doesn't
> know it... He in fact is requesting that someone that uses debian more
> contributes with a better review... I'm no way close to make a good non
> biased review about debian (which i just started using as itself and love)
> but since I like it so much and think that is the best distro I thought
> that maybe an expert here would like to make such review available again
> at http://www.linuxnewbie.org/nhf/intel/distros/distronhf.html...
It may be a good idea to avoid linuxnewbie.org altogether. The instructions
they provide suck. They try to propagate an idea that Linux is "cool" and
think that using so-called modern language will attract people to use it.
I read through one of their so-called newbieized help files on installing
portsentry. It was full of errors - but full of cool language. Three aspiring
users I know came to grief and decided to postpone a full-time trial of Linux
after following their instructions.
Bill McCarty's book on Debian (still online, free) is, IMHO, still the best guide
for new users.
Marcel Gagne has recently released a book on system administration - he writes very
simple and engaging columns for Linux Journal. His stuff is a bit rpm-oriented
but he does offer instructions for other distributions as well.