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Re: Why I left Debian

Bruno wrote:

I really do not want to start any flame here but after all, as I used Debian for few months, I find honest to say why I'm leaving it.

So few months ago, I installed etch on my laptop (previously had Fedora-5 on it) just to try it and because I think is good and important to try other distros when you have some free partition / computer and time to do it.

Hereafter main problems encountered (some recurrent) these last months :

- as I installed etch around 50% of shutdowns never complete. So common that I was used to unplug battery simply to shutdown. Same for 'logout session' which allways freeze the laptop with a new login attempt.

- recently I had to 'pinning' apt-get (or dpkg..do not remember..) on previous version because latest version continuously break apt-get repository. Only cost few hours of googling to find a solution.

- 'kde su root' reject root password (...which was accepted in a 'su root' in a console)

- flgrx / mesa / libGL often block apt-get update/upgrade seems because of a dependency about libGL. Difficult to install a 3D system but even more difficult to keep it stable that I decide to forget 3D when using etch on my laptop.

- others..sorry only remember hours of googling to find solutions..

Once again I do not want to start any flame here : indeed Debian is a superb distro (packaging system is really superb) but, IMHO, dedicated to 'Linux techies' ? However my conclusion is this week-end I'll move back to Fedora (even if yum is so far behind dpkg).



etch is a *testing* distro. why not try sarge (stable) first *before* thinking of turning back to fedora?



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