I’m writing this post from within Debian. Do I like Debian overall? No. Not really. The install went smoothly and the installer is pretty easy to follow and understand if you’ve done this before. I find it really similar to the Slackware installer so if you can do one you should be able to do the other. Perhaps I just didn’t see it, but there didn’t appear to be anyway to select your desktop upon install. I was more or less stuck with Gnome. Which isn’t terrible but I was really looking forward to trying KDE again before it goes 4.0.
The distro itself feels sluggish to me. The default install come bloated with a ton of packages I didn’t want. It feels slow compared to Slackware, Arch, or Gentoo. When compared to Ubuntu though its right on par. So I guess its all in what your looking for. It comes with Ice Weasel instead of Firefox, which I find stupid personally. Thats another story though.
Summing it up I find it hard to really distinguish between Debian, Slackware, and Arch. They all three seem to shoot for the same goal. Well, maybe not, but if your new to this game or you don’t care you’d probably be hard pressed to understand and see the differences in philosophy between the three distros. Slackware shoots for stability, Arch for speed, and Debian for a balance of the two. But in reality the differences are pretty slim in my opinion. Debian would be the most user friendly, and the most bloated. But somehow, through the course of time, user friendly has become synonymous with bloat. Which is pretty sad but nothing I can change or am willing to change at the moment.
Try Debian you’ll probably like it if your a binary type. As for me, Debian has been fun, but it’ll be gone by tonight.
Enjoy the Penguins!