March 20, 2001, 3:56 PM —
Some of the first feedback I received about my recent column on the Debian Slink Point Five install told me to give the Storm Linux 2000 install a try. In fact, several people made that suggestion, breaking up the monotonous requests that I fall on my sword and commit hara-kiri for offending some adherents of the Debian faith.
Storm Linux is one of several Debian-based commercial offerings; its creators take pride in its ease of installation. I decided to try it, because if my criticisms of the Slink and Potato installs have any merit, surely it would be reflected in an easy and speedy commercial Debian install.
My bad luck with installing Debian from CD continued in my first experience with Storm Linux. After one quick drive-by install on CD, which resulted in a system sans NIC driver, I managed somehow to foul the CD's surface and could no longer boot or read from it after booting from a floppy. Baud karma, or something.