Joined: May 2006
||Posted: July 04 2006,16:35
|The most important thing about this review is the fact that he had no complaints about the speed, stability, flexibility, and power of DSL....all gripes were about how it looks and the ease of use (superficial stuff).|
True. I think most readers will catch the inconsistencies in his review. Agree about the "shiny things." He was fair.
To be honest, DSL is not as intuitive as "big distros" for non-power users. The power is there, but the shiny buttons aren't.
|Maybe he should have tried DSL-N ?|
Agree, DSL-N is a much easier route for newbies. More mainstream sorts of apps, simpler menus. However, DSL-N is easy to miss; much less current interest than DSL. Disappointing.
Puppy is really the easy mini distro for newbies. Great docs, largely from the user community. Like Ubuntu's community, the Puppy community adds a lot of value to the distro. I hesitate to recommend it, as they always run as root. I'm old-school and just can't accept that.
DSL has a better security model and better tech, IMO. However, DSL's users are more experienced and good at self-help, so the docs and examples aren't there for newbies. Not a criticism, just an observation.
DSL's development priorities made for a distro that is most accessible to more technically proficient users. When they learn what's under the covers, they fall in love. Newbies have difficulty seeing it, as the review showed.