PC Pro has been a magazine of Wintel PCs but now it is obvious they realize a PC can be a PC without Wintel. They almost get it…
Here’s what they wrote in the Debian part of a review of several GNU/Linux distros.
“Thereâ€™s a rather unusual selection of preloaded software included. For web browsing duties, thereâ€™s Epiphany or Iceweasel (an unofficial build of the Firefox browser that lacks support for plugins), while the office suite is Apacheâ€™s OpenOffice rather than the more popular LibreOffice. Debianâ€™s focus is on completely licence-free software, hence these rather unusual choices, and this approach is reflected in the official Debian software repositories, too; these are accessed by one of two different package manager tools â€“ the Ubuntu-style Software Centre, and the slightly less friendly, but very powerful, Synaptic. Whichever one you use, however, will involve some fiddling once again. By default, both asked us to insert optical media when we attempted to download and install new software; we had to uncheck the â€œcdromâ€ option in Software Sources before it would go online.”
see Debian review.
Clearly, Debian GNU/Linux is not licence-free. The GPL and other FLOSS licences cover all the work. PC Pro did find Debian GNU/Linux did not work well with the particular Nvidia graphics of one PC but that is clearly not GNU/Linux’ fault. Nvidia has to get its act together to fix that. When using the Stable branch of Debian GNU/Linux, one should not expect the kernel to know any recent Nvidia release. The smart shopper should avoid Nvidia until they see the light. GNU/Linux has a large enough share of PCs these days that Nvidia should care and Linus told them so…
They do understand the importance of GNU/Linux however:
“Linux has many advantages over operating systems such as Windows 8 and OS X, and the most obvious one is that itâ€™s free. You can install it on as many systems as you like â€“ from laptops to servers and even supercomputers â€“ without ever having to spend a penny.
Itâ€™s terrifically secure too. Like the Unix operating system on which itâ€™s modelled, Linux operates a strict regime of file ownership and permissions that makes it all but impossible for malware to spread as it does on Windows. As a result, no native Linux viruses have ever been observed in the wild. (Some exist as proofs of concept, but in order to spread they would require users with administrative privileges to actively install them.) Linux systems can still be compromised by weak passwords and vulnerabilities in application software, such as web browsers, but overall it’s very secure.”
Thanks to Richard Chapman for providing a link to this article.