Re: When unstable breaks
Jim Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
> You're expected to know what's up, don't just go installing packages
> automatically just because you wanna upgrade... you shoudl be following
> appropriate information sources, especially including the source code
On the other hand, the Developer's Reference says, about
"people who live off unstable",
> we should encourage these people.
I want to support this view of the Developer's Reference.
I have, for some two or three years, as a Debian user,
blindly downloaded packages from unstable, indeed, just
because I wanted to upgrade. I did so pretty much whenever
I wanted to start using a piece of software that I had not
used before. Without ever taking the extra trouble to
follow ``appropiate information sources''.
I have encountered my share of occasional problems. But
mostly configuration stuff I could fix myself.
I am quick to write bug reports. But, when I count the
20some reports I have written over the last 2.5 years, I
seem to average just about one bug report every six weeks.
I see that as a good sign.
"Unstable" may not be all that unstable, really. In my
experience, the added stability through bugs fixed upstream
outweights the risk of Debian-specific goofs. It is indeed
possible to "live off unstable", happily.
I always thought that people like myself are a valuable
resource to the Debian project. If nothing else, we do find
some of those bugs long before they even get close to
Don't tell us we are expected to know what's up.
Don't tell us to read lotsa information sources.
Making ``unstable'' as relieable and fail-safe as feasable
is a Good Thing.