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Re: Some thoughts for Debian.

>>>>> "Matt" == Matt Kracht <mattk@thepoint.net> writes:

Matt> Debian gives me several packages to choose from,
Matt> which, it turns out, are all required.  Then I find out that the
Matt> guy who compiled it did something weird.  Lynx 2.6 doesn't
Matt> compile with it.  So, I go to the S-LANG home page and get the
Matt> real source and compile it.  Lynx compiles fine.  Why was I
Matt> recompiling Lynx?  Because the guy who compiled that screwed it
Matt> up!  My God, I've recompiled half the Debian packages, it seems
Matt> like.  All this effort could have gone towards making my old
Matt> Slackware system more usuable than my current Debian system!

Instead of just whining, why don't you tell us what these problems are
so that we could improve on them.  Why don't you contribute more to
the project to make debian a better system?  I am sure debian can use
your expertise.  After all, we are all volunteers.

Matt> I don't know.  Maybe I'm just not in the correct mindset for
Matt> Debian.  I like to run the latest stuff.  Debian offers, it
Matt> seems, only the oldest, most stable software.  I just don't see
Matt> why anyone would run Linux and not want to compile software, be
Matt> on bleeding edge, and actually administer a UNIX system...  I

I, for one, use debian for my real work and don't want to be on the
edge all the time.  There are many people who run Linux as a
``production system'' and rely on them heavily and therefore don't
want to be on the bleeding edge.  One objective of Debian is to
produce a _stable_ system that runs reliably.

In case you want the latest software, you can always roll your own
packages by debmake which makes debiansing a package a simple task
most of the time.

Billy C.-M. Chow <cmchow@se.cuhk.edu.hk>
Department of Systems Engineering       
The Chinese University of Hong Kong    

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