Re: Why choose Debian?
* I started off with Slackware in the early days. It was very good.
* I got tired of compiling packages from *.tar.gz files. I'd heard all
the hype about Red Hat and it's package management system and thought
this is the way all systems should work. I installed it and was very
impressed (initially). Backspace didn't work properly in xterms which
pissed me off. I then tried installing some rpms off the Net. I needed
other rpms due to dependencies. RedHat was becoming more and more
commercially orientated. Argghhh !!!!
* I heard about Debian's amazing package management system. It worked
out dependencies automatically and installed them automatically. This
is surely better than RH. I installed it and was very confused by
dselect. Once someone pointed me to apt-get then I was blown away.
There is nothing that comes close to doing an "apt-get update; apt-get
upgrade". RH apparently do have something similar but you have to pay
for it. Bloody fools !!!
* Debian is the only OS that supports the platforms I use (Intel x86,
PowerPC, m68k). You could run different distributions on different
platforms but that does not make sense. Every distribution has a
different way of doing things. I wan't simple clean administration.
Debian allows me to learn system admin once for all platforms.
* Debian is the only OS I know that supports the GNU HURD. Although I
don't have any real intention to use GNU HURD kernel (though I am
curious), it was evidence enough for me that Debian was architectured
properly so that even the kernel can be swapped in/out. There are a lot
of clever and determined people involved with Debian.
* Debian is very honest and has no commercial biases.