Yesterday I installed Debian on an old laptop I have. It went reasonably smoothly - installing it via the wireless NIC over the internet. But I didn't like debian.
I can't really put my finger on it. Everyone I know who uses debian raves about it. But for me it was a bitch. Maybe it was because I was using unstable/woody.
- It wouldn't recognise my touchpad in xf86cfg. And to this moment I still have no idea why it started working.
- It wouldn't give me the option of running gnome, despite getting it working.
- It has no options for configuring sound, that I could immediately find.
- It didn't autoconfigure my network card, despite installing from it just fine. I had to manually add it to
- Fonts were still screwed up in X, despite installing the MS fonts.
- It wouldn't install evolution due to some module "not being available". WTF?
- It incorrectly setup my keyboard, despite me answering all the right questions.
- It gave me a kernel without apm support. HELLO! This one is incredible, as it meant the laptop switched off every time I touched the off button.
I think debian will make a great server OS. But I'm the kind of person who just wants to get his work done, and doesn't want the OS to get in the way.
In short, I'll be going back to Mandrake.