Newsforge has reviewed Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 – and gives it a relative objective, positive review and indeed “….3.1 is easily the most accessible version of Debian ever released.”
They conclude that “To say that Debian is no longer just for geeks would be an exaggeration. All the same, if version 3.1 is any indication, that's the way the distribution is heading.
True, it's still not a distribution to give a newcomer. Defects such as the lack of video card testing during installation or of an utomatically installed firewall still assume a knowledgeable, hands-on user who can readily overcome them.
But neither is it a distribution that should baffle any except the most inexperienced. If you've been down the install path a couple of times and always wanted to try Debian, there's never been a better time. Combining ease of use, security-consciousness, and a strict adherence to principle with a mostly current selection of well-tested software, in many ways Debian 3.1 is free software at its best.”
Read the entire review at Newsforge.