[OT] Re: Linux woes (was Re: Learning Squeak)
jhouchin at texoma.net
Sat Jan 26 16:47:26 UTC 2002
As has been stated Debian comes in basically three flavors. But they can
be mixed. The difficulty depends on what you are trying to accomplish.
I like current software. Linux is moving so fast that a lot of times
what you want is what is out now. That is a problem with the "current"
stable Potato. When Woody becomes stable, I believe it will be somewhat
less and issue. Sid (unstable) is Debian's development/upgrade/fix
version. It is generally reasonably current.
Coming from a Macintosh (home) and Windows (work) background, restarts
and crashes are a thing of life. I run Sid (unstable) and have the most
stable computing experience of my life. The OS almost never crashes,
restarts are rare. Most restarts have had little to do with the OS, but
rather hardware or power situations. Uptime is normally in the weeks and
months. I've never had such experience with any of my Mac or WinX
machines. This is with the Debian Distribution called "unstable". :)
I currently prefer unstable to testing due my experiences with failed
dependency issues in testing.
When Woody becomes stable, I will probably swith to it. You are able to
control your application/library/etc sources with Debian. If you want
Woody(when Stable)primarily but keep current on Galeon, Mozilla,
Evolution, Alsa, NameYourFavoriteMustBeUpToDateApplication by using
unstable as your source for those apps explicitly, you can do that.
Keeping your system up to date with Debian is sweet.
It is or can be a challenge to learn to install Debian or use dselect to
add software. Having used Red Hat and switched to Debian I overall
prefer the Debian experience. But it is not without it's learning curves
and issues. They are just different.
Stephen Pair wrote:
> [Sorry about continuing this OT thread]
> I was considering Debian, but it appeared to me that several packages
> were a bit outdated. It also seemed like they aren't up to the 2.4
> kernel yet (which I need). When I read a little more, I found a lot of
> discussion about the quality of Debian starting to suffer and
> complaints about them not being able to keep up with the latest
> Are these valid issues?
> - Stephen
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