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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10
Stable, fast, tons of packages available
None, in my observations
I love Debian Woody 3.0. It's stable, fast, works really well, and has so many packages available for it. I cannot find any negative aspects of Debian 3.0, so I would recommend it to anybody, from newbie to power user. It's a real distro, with real power.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9
Availablility of packages, stability
installation, learning curve
I've been working with RH, Debian and SuSE for about 4 months. I keep finding myself returning to Debian Woody. The support documentation is specific enough to allow me to adapt it to my specific needs. It's very stable and it'll run on older machines without a problem. It has great support for the troublesome 3Com NIC's that my organization overbought. The only draw back has been learning the installation process.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 6
huge number of packages; doesn't use latest versions of things
less user friendly than other distros; doesn't use latest versions of things :)
I can't build kernels. The sig11 faq (http://www.bitwizard.nl/sig11/) suggests that it might be a hardware issue.
Weak on multimedia support out of the box (I don't have much experience with modern distros to compare, but much modern stuff isn't even on the cds).
Huge number of basic packages included on the 7 (!) cds, e.g. nmap, dictd, all sorts of obscure utilities and games, but a lot isn't installed by default (I guess one could try selecting 'everything' during installation). Some things aren't there at all (e.g. I can't find GTK+. I downloaded and installed GTK+ v1.2.10 from source, but haven't managed to build v2.x [something about Xft, which apparently is in XFree86 4.3 or greater, but v126.96.36.199 is the included version).
Seems solid and stable (except for the kernel building issue).
Another major caveat is that even the installed packages are often old versions. They apparently do this to ensure maximum stability (in the stable version), but it can make life difficult (e.g. libstdc++.5.so is not included in stable, only in testing, and can't be installed without an upgraded glibc, also from testing, which wrecked my system. The Firefox installer depends on that libstdc++, as does other stuff).
Update: I seem to be able to consistently build kernels when the machine's cold, i.e. right after turning it on, but maybe it's just a coincidence.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7
when it works its no hassle at all. Pretty stable too.
Seems to vary from install to install, with some installs being more hassle than others.
I like debian. That said, I am looking for a different distro. I've tried a few others (mandrake suse etc.) but debian was my favorite at the time. I'm now a little sick of the dependency problems I'm getting and think that a more simple distro may be in order.
Other that that debian has served me well.
When I've wanted a new package, apt-get has in general served me very well and the install was easy.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 8
Supports hardware with ALSA | their working on spport for nForce (May have got it down) | Config is Somewhat easy | Found Workarounds/solutions to problems.
Kernel Panic on HD With 2.6.10 (Gonna figure this one out!) | The paniced kernel SUPPORTED MY SOUDCARD... | X11 4.1 said "no matching modes" (Upgraded to solve this.)
1. Supports Hardwae w/ ALSA:
My soundcard is ALSA-Approved... Well the thing stopping me is a harddrive panic. (2.6.10, system on 2.4.18-bf2.4)
2. Their working on support for nVidia nForce:
Hopefully, this will be a "kernel's gift," to have my networking card(s) supported. (I Dont like USB Hookup.)
Configgy is not too hard, but can be frustrating.
4. Workarounds for those nasty errors!
Programmer newbie, but working with strings, I can figure out plain config problems. (About strings: I used to have a kernel that instaid of "Kernel Panic", it would say "Kernel YEOUCH"