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Depends on what you mean by DIY
Posted Sep 26, 2012 10:13 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Sep 26, 2012 12:25 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
There are defaults, as you say, and that leaves the principal difference between Ubuntu and Debian as being (with the former) that someone else is not only setting the defaults, but also deprecating the other choices and also adding stuff that decides other things on your behalf.
But there's nothing inherent in Debian that should make it "difficult" while Ubuntu must somehow be the "easy" choice.
Posted Sep 26, 2012 18:52 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
These two things (a faster, predictable release schedule, and usable defaults) are what has made Ubuntu popular.
At the time Ubuntu started, getting a new desktop/GUI system running was a fairly significant amount of work (not as much work as some made it out to be, but work). After Ubuntu demonstrated how easy it should be, the other desktop distros have drastically improved. Unfortunantly, Debian has not gotten quite as good, some of it may be that Debian is aimed at a far wider range of uses than just the Desktop/GUI segment.
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