The Real Problem With Debian
This will be my last post to the Debian users list. I want to thank everybody
for all their help, and patience. However I would like to say a little
something as well:
Debian is supposedly a great OS, it is configurable, custimizable, and
powerful, but Debian is ultimately misleading for many people. Debian is an
OS that may be used on a server, or a developer's computer, so he can really
feel the balls in his system, but it should not have been used on my
computer, or a couple of my friend's computers.
The Real Problem With Debian is that it is MANUAL. Everything must be done
manually, now although there may be a script or two to ease things along,
these often DON'T WORK. I have spent two weeks fighting slackware, trying to
get it to work with my printer, and sound card. Then I spent two weeks
fighting Debian, trying to get it to work with my mouse, printer, network
card, and sound card. After installing Mandrake, everything worked
instantaneously, sound, card, network, printer, EVERYTHING. It ran faster
too, I don't know why, but it did, and it had newer programs, like KDE3.xx.
Which distro do you think I stuck with?
This is not an attempt to convert any Debian users on this list, but it is a
statement. I spent a month fighting Slackware and Debian, and 45 minutes
fighting Mandrake. Full balls is nice, but how about having a system that is
full balls, but ALSO is as easy to configure as mandrake?
People on IRC tell me that my hardware is flaky, yet it works perfectly with
Mandrake. People on IRC were rude, and even elitist, and made fun of me more
often then helping me. A stark contrast to the helpfullness of the folks on
the mailing list, odd.
The ironic thing is that my computer was so stock, it was Lynksis NC100 card
(tulip module) with a ESS1969 Solo card, a s3ViRGE 4mb video card, and a
Logitech USB wheel mouse. This should not have taken me two weeks to
configure on ANY distro. The point is that Debian is flaky, it is too stark,
some call configuration tools "bloat", and call guis "evil", but
configuration tools are the way of the future, and guis have been around for
20 years. The problem is that these are the same people that work on Debian,
it is too bad some of the corporate "customer comes first" mentality didn't
get into Debian. I donated $4 to Debian, more then many can claim, I guess I
got EXACTLY what I paid for. Good luck to all of you, and thanks again.