Ok – don’t get me wrong I still like Debian – I just do almost everything in Ubuntu. This statement is so classic I had to blog about it.
f it’s true that Ubuntu is a Swahili word meaning “user too dumb to install Debian,” then I have to wonder if I’ll still be running Ubuntu when Etch gets released, because even I can install Debian now. If installing Debian has intimidated you in the past, keep an eye on Etch and its installer as they get nearer to launch time. They won’t intimidate you.
Apparently – the install is what is holding Debian back. That’s it. I mean now that they have a GUI installer – you should throw away Ubuntu and go back to Debian. I thought that wrong headed view of the world went out with a single RedHat distribution.
The reality is that it is not the installer that makes or breaks Linux. Seriously! I spend a half an hour yesterday helping a co-worker get his wifi card (Man I hate broadcom) working under Dapper. He had tried and tried and made no headway.
This is a classic Linux problem for new users.
You have some hardware and it doesn’t work. You don’t know why it doesn’t work. You don’t know how to make it work – just that it doesn’t work. Guess what – that sucks! You add on another couple of problems where you expect it to do something that is easy under Windows and eventually they give up.
So I’m excited that Ubuntu has lit enough of a fire under Debian to make a release in the sub two year release cycle. That’s good for everyone because it means that the foundation that Ubuntu is built on is still healthy and thriving. But – you are missing the entire point of Ubuntu if you think that the installer is the only difference between Debian and Ubuntu.