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Re: Problems with dselect...

'Michael Dillon wrote:'
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 00:50:32 -0400
>From: Jon Lewis <jlewis@INORGANIC5.FDT.NET>

[Clipped generic complaint about dselect's user unfriendlyness.]

Wow one of my USENET "heroes" forwards a mail from another of my
USENET "heroes" about my favorite Linux distribution.  I simply must
respond :)

It is true that deselect is a bit quirky.  And the last "stable"
release of Debian had at least one fatal bug (if you select to install
cflow, all dies due to a bug in the cflow package).  However dselect is
under continual improvement and is better each time I've tried it (you
might consider downloading the latest version
(ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/unstable/binary/base/dpkg*) and installing it with
"dpkg -i" before running dselect).  The on-line documentation explains
enough about the system to get by.  But my approach is to install
whatever dselect chooses (adding a few add-ons maybe -- I've found that
trying to add everything can cause problems).  Then switch to the
low-level command line tool, dpkg.

I feel Debian's chief advantages are in its integration between
packages, the community development model and its upgradeability.  For
these reasons I use Debian on most of my ISP clients' servers (and I
like it much better than the one client who is sticking with Red Hat).
Certainly there is room for improvement in dselect.  And the author of
dselect reports that it will be easy to develop an alternative user
interface to the low-level package management system.  If only I had

In sum, for servers, I really like Debian.

Christopher J. Fearnley            |    Linux/Internet Consulting
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