[quote author=Frith link=board=7;threadid=4259;start=0#42231 date=1027229392]
[quote author=Lovechild link=board=7;threadid=4259;start=0#42157 date=1027160679]
Debian is a nice distro, but it's horribly outdated, and he only way to make up for that is to run "unstable" which kinda defeats the major upside of running Debian. As a former Debian user this took me a while to figure out, because it's easy to get blinded by the coolness of dpkg and apt-get.[/quote]
I think I'm going to have to 'smite' you for some of those comments.
1. The purpose of Debian 'Stable' is to produce a stable, relatively secure distro with as few defects as possible.
2. Stable is supposed to be run on servers (just tell apt to grab the security updates and really, you won't have to do much else for a long time).
3. Most people who use Debian as a desktop OS use Unstable; we prefer the newest stuff (or at least, the newest stuff available to us. If necessary, we can still compile our own programs).
4. Most people use 'stable' as a starting point for installations, because they know what they're getting.
5. I like to think of Debian as the OpenBSD of the Linux world; the devs try to make sure that their official stable distributions are secure, stable, and usable on servers. They even go the extra mile and let the average users access the 'unstable' branch, which is probably updated more frequently (and may have more programs) than the OpenBSD ports.
I can't really disagree with that, but I don't see what you're so upset about. So what if the stable version of Debian is only good for servers!? Some companies would kill to have people say that about their distros.Debian' main force for me is their commitment to the community, and their effort to port applications to other arch. but as a distro I'm affraid Debian stable is only suited for server usage.
I have a 56k modem and it works fine for me. I can upgrade from Potato to Sid in less than 24 hours.Plus Debian is no fun if you don't have a decent internet connection.
I can't say that I can even get certain distros (Gentoo, LFS, etc.) installed within a 24 hour period, much less running KDE or X.
Your Debian set's on it's way; wouldn't you know, the day I mail them ou, Woody goes stable?