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Saturday, October 21, 2006

debian and the boat

what's debian got to do with a boat? that's an easy one. they missed it.

here's some reasons. they're are probably more.

the biggest one is old software. how is it the debian people thought that old software with bugs should be labelled "stable" i can probably name 20 or 30 packages right off the bat that have bugs but have been knighted by debian as stable.

and then there is apt-get, the pride and joy of the vocal debian crowd. sure it was great when there were only a dozen or so linux packages, but now there are thousands and apt-get doesn't scale AT ALL. on top of that apt-get is pretty much useless for the less popular software. i've killed 4 or 5 debian installs by getting the memmap error. i think it just choked on the number of dependencies it had to automagically get and configure. at that point i was back to using tarballs. and if you ask me, if you're using linux you should be using tarballs anyway. for both the initial installing of new packages, and their upgrading.

let's not turn linux into another windows where we have to spoon feed it's users.

i read on slashdot (like that's the last bastion of tech news. snrk.) that one of the upper management type guys just up and left. that's what i want, none of the debian problems being fixed because a few 12 year olds got their knickers in a knot.

another bit i read on slashot was the problems they were having with the firefox people. debian dumb move. i'll go out on a limb and say that firefox is much more popular than debian will ever be. don't know about you but if it came to a choice between the two... s'later deb try the next boat...

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