Debian in the News: APCMAG 2.0 'Hamm' Beta Review

August 26th, 1998

Australian Personal Computer Magazine has posted a review of the Debian 2.0 Beta release. The full review can be found at (dead link)

Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 Beta

One of the problems with early Linux distributions such as SLS and Slackware was the workload they imposed upon those maintaining them. The kernel itself was still undergoing rapid change, and high-level components were growing both in number and complexity.

The Debian Linux distribution was conceived to address this problem, by using a volunteer development model similar to that used by Torvalds in the creation of the kernel itself. This has spread the workload more evenly throughout the Linux community. It has also provided Linux enthusiasts with the opportunity to participate closely in the development of the distribution.

While not receiving the same level of attention from the mainstream media as some commercial distributions, Debian Linux is a solid, comprehensive product, and a genuine pleasure to use. It is also great to become involved with the Debian collective, whose friendliness and spirit recalls the early days of the Internet and its sense of openness and global cooperation.