[TriLUG] Debian question
Fri, 22 Feb 2002 10:57:47 -0500 (EST)
Don't forget that there are three separate debians:
- stable (aka potato): rock-solid, no bugs, updated for security only
- testing (aka woody): more up-to-date, should be no major bugs, updated
for security and up-to-dateness, shouldn't break because of upgrades
- unstable (aka sid): latest packages, may break because of package
Debian remains very up to date, but also very cautious about claims made
to stability. Running potato, I have had no bugs, crashes, security holes,
etc., for well over a year. Running woody, I have had a few (mostly
library conflicts) that were resolved quickly. I haven't tried sid.
So, bottom line: with debian you get to choose among three points on the
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, M. Mueller (bhu5nji) wrote:
> Is Debian falling behind the other main distros (RH, Mandrake, SUSE)? I pick
> up hints that this is the case in things that I read and overhear. Several
> months ago I had some mysterious mainboard problems usings Debian Potato that
> did not exist with RH6.1 (straight out of the box). That experience put the
> question into my head. Then I just read Mr. Chen's post that the ext3 stuff
> is unofficially in the Debian.
> Are the "for profit" distros able to apply more resources to staying current?
> Disclaimer: I know that distro questions can ignite passions similar to the
> way editor questions ignite passions. My interest is dispassionate. Please
> feel free to release passion nonetheless. I would love to use Debian. I
> think the Debian user list rocks. But I am inadequate and I just couldn't
> make the distro work on some of my newsest hardware. But there is this
> nagging question in the back of my mind that I ask this group to help me sort
> out. (Donning flame suit).
> Mike M.
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