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Happy Birthday, Debian! 172

Posted by timothy
from the impossibly-worthwhile dept.
An anonymous reader writes with word that as of today, the Debian project — one of the first distros, and still going strong, not to mention parent or grandparent of many other distros — is 19 years old. "Quoting from the official project history: 'The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. At that time, the whole concept of a 'distribution' of Linux was new. Ian intended Debian to be a distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU.' Send an appreciation message: http://thanks.debian.net/."
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Happy Birthday, Debian!

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  • Re:Debian (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @05:31PM (#41017655) Homepage Journal

    Debian lasted at least 4 years longer than Ian and Deb.

    It's still the good stuff. My god. A distro you could boot from a 3.5 installer, and have ftp'd the world onto a DEC Alpha Multia VX42. :-) That was in '95, so I was hauling over ISDN. It beat getting Slackware as 1.44 MB disk images off of bitnet/DELPHI at 14Kbps.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 16, 2012 @06:04PM (#41017981)

    Because I am tired of bone headed decisions made to keep up with fashion or "increase market share" whatever that really means. I want stability, not some lame attempt to bring a tablet UI to my desktop/laptop. Debian is built by people who care deeply about open source (usable) software, not whether or not the distribution gains market share. That suits me just fine.

  • by Sipper (462582) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @06:58PM (#41018535)

    It doesn't sound like you really know how to use gentoo based on what you're saying. I've built KDE and a system from scratch and it doesn't take one day let alone three.

    No, it really took three full days for the base system + base KDE4 within a VM. I used the instralll instructions from Gentoo's website.
          http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/desktop/kde/kde4-guide.xml [gentoo.org]

    Also, don't set USE flags system wid unless you know you want to, that's what /etc/portage/package.use is for.

    See the link above; the instructions has one change the USE flags, and then has one run 'emerge -uDNav world'.

    You're correct that the USE flag was --newuse and not --newuser. Your comment otherwise was quite rude. Surely using elitism isn't going to help the Gentoo project.

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