One replaced DVD drive, eight DVDs of which I only needed one of, several hours spent installing and re-installing, and several more spent purging Unity from my muscle memory later, and Debian seems to be working well.
It’s… different from Ubuntu, I’ll give it that, although that’s the entire point of the switch. I don’t think they had to make it so damn ugly out-of-the-box, though. Seriously, it’s hideous.
Of course, as anyone who uses Debian will know, it’s not like there aren’t teething problems. Learning to going to the backports for stuff, or compiling from source. Chasing down bugs that weren’t there in Ubuntu. Getting the computer and yourself back to a point of harmony, where each party understands the other enough so that computing becomes effortless. And so on. Continue reading