Posts Tagged ‘distrowatch’

Banned from DW Again

February 21, 2011

I dared to respond this morning to yet another asinine “review” (using that word loosely) at a certain website. The comments I left were removed in quick order. Yes, Laddy, that was I who made the original #34 and one BTW comment. The comments were removed and my IP blocked. I’ve revisited the site several times since via proxy. Heh.

Here’s what was censored.

First, I took issue with the whole focus on aesthetics in reviewing a stable-oriented distro like Debian (the unfortunate subject of the misguided review). I pointed out that such distros like Debian-stable, RHEL, even Tiny Core, and so on, won’t measure up on the basis of aesthetics because that’s not their goal. They focus instead on providing a secure, stable environment that a user can install once and rest assured that he or she won’t have tons of crap breaking in an insane pursuit of having the latest version numbers of everything.

I pointed out that reviews might be more useful if they focused on other issues, like security and stability: How easy is it to keep patched? How easy is it to upgrade? Will future major, or even minor, upgrades require completely reinstalling? My follow up noted that my update from Debian Lenny to Squeeze required only changing one word in my sources.list. Does that simplicity count for anything when reviewing a distro? I also noted that the reviewer’s comparison of Debian to its prodigal offspring ignores the fact that many of them still piggyback on Debian for security and other patches. That counts, too.

The crappy little review was more about aesthetics than anything. AS USUAL. The reviewer dissed Debian for having a graphical installer that looked a bit old — like RHEL’s from ten years ago. I wanted to know how many times a user interacts with a freaking graphical INSTALLER anyway. OMFG. How dare they set up their system via a series of pages instead of a one-click installer without any options.

I closed by asking what specific hardware problems, other than lack of an available wireless driver, the reviewer had issues with. She also mentioned problems booting, though not with this particular release. What problem(s) did she have and how did she resolve them? I pointed out that it’s not fair to blame the distro if the reviewer manually edited her computer’s existing GRUB/LILO and screwed up. Those were just BS things mentioned as a reason for not recommending Debian.

Seriously, why the thin skin over there? My critique of the review was civil and fair. It was also spot on.

That’s something you people could learn from me. Your loss.