This post contains a bunch of media reviews of Debian 5.0 “Lenny”: The Register, Distrowatch.com, The H open Source, Ars Technica, datamation, Techiemoe, LinuxPlanet, eWeek.com and screenshots at ZDNet We start at The Register: ‘Lenny’: Debian for the masses?
But Ubuntu is a Debian derivative. And Debian’s reputation for being difficult isn’t nearly as deserved used to be, so if you’ve found Ubuntu getting in your way, the latest Debian release is worth a look – Lenny even offers a graphical installer – which actually arrived with the previous release, called Etch.
And also some words from Distrowatch:
Debian is simple, yet it has very powerful tools for building packages and configuring the system. It is a very stable distribution as it is not overly interested in lots of shiny new features, but rather concentrates on creating an environment that is reliable. For users who want the latest fancy desktop, Debian doesn’t provide this out of the box in their stable tree. For this reason, the majority of users run testing or unstable on their desktop, or a combination thereof. This provides them with newer packages, at the cost of supreme stability. Out of the box, Lenny includes all the software that most users would want, with tens of thousands more available at the click of a mouse, or tap on the keyboard. For low-end systems, the new LXDE environment appears to work well, using around 130MB RAM on my test machine. For experienced Ubuntu users, Debian may also be a good fit as it does not automate as much and provides greater control over the system from the get go
And here’s the screenshots at ZDNet
And from The H Open Source:
Lenny can be deployed with confidence on the desktop, by both beginners and experienced Linux users and is significantly more user-friendly than its predecessor, Etch. There are big improvements to network configuration and automatic printer set-up. For virtualisation, in addition to an updated version of Xen, there is a now a second virtualisation system suitable for server use, available in the form of KVM. The omission of major firmware files from the installation media is annoying, since now support for Wifi adaptors and gigabit network cards, may need to be downloaded and installed separately.
And from Ars Technica
For the average Linux user who wants the latest desktop software, greater ease of use, and a more refined experience, Ubuntu is probably a better choice. For users who want a (mostly) unbreakable server platform, it’s a pretty great option.
All things considered, this is a pretty good Debian release. It seems to live up to the distro’s long-standing tradition of delivering solid reliability, and it introduces some nice improvements that will be appreciated by Debian aficionados. Check out the official release notes for more details. You can download Debian 5.0 from the project’s website.
And indeed also from technichristian:
Everything works as expected. However, I am a little unhappy that Lenny still includes Open Office 2.4 when 3.0 has been out for some time already. I will try and install OO 3.0 later and write another article about it.
Debian is a very reliable and stable system. The install took care of my /home partition well and I had all my files intact and preserved after the install.
Debian has a huge repository of around 22,000 packages. Any software I need is just an apt-get away. Sure, it takes some work to get it installed and configured. Once done, it runs very reliably without any issues.
All together, another fine release from Debian
Another review at Datamation
This flexibility, of course, is why Debian is the ancestor of distributions ranging from Ubuntu and Mepis to Knoppix and Linux Mint. By contrast, the release schedule matters less for many users, because they constantly upgrade their systems anyway. A new Debian release is simply a new version of the Debian stable repository, and of interest mainly to those running servers and other installations in which robustness is the main consideration. For such users, dependability is more important than the latest software packages.
And TechieMoe says:
My overall opinion of Debian is helped by the fact that with an internet connection most my complaints can be addressed. Debian is a very old distribution and they have some of the largest repositories of software in the Linux world.
My only real complaint about them is that the thing that makes Debian “free” (their democratic, standards-enforcting, rule-following process) is also what slows them down and prevents the OS from being truly “universal.”
And from Reddevil:
However, if you’re an experienced Linux/Debian user then this edition of Debian 5.0 is a potent combination.
And, while your dear old grandad might do himself a mischief on those skates, you’re much less likely to come a cropper while running a Debian system.
And LinuxPlanet says thatWhy Debian is the Leader of the Linux Pack
That solution is not completely satisfactory — not to me, at least — but it seems typical of Debian’s approach to assembling a distribution. The Debian way seems not so much to stake out a position as to offer a variety of choices for every taste. Just as Debian supports both free and non-free installations, so it supports beginners and experts, and both those aware and ignorant of security options. The result is a release that is flexible enough to satisfy all sorts of users — a niche that seems both unique and much-needed among modern distributions.
And eWeek says that Debian 5.0 Continues Strong Linux Tradition
Version 5 of the Debian GNU/Linux open-source operating system offers the same top management tools and processor support that previous versions of the Linux operating have. There also are a host of updates to open-source components, and the Linux distribution is still a great fit for servers and a solid desktop choice. However, the top reason for upgrading from version 4 may be the relatively short three-year security fix window, less than the coverage time offered with Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux-derived CentOS.