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Re: problems with the concept of unstable -> testing

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 05:03:03PM +0100, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Michael Casadevall <sonicmctails@gmail.com> [081222 12:14]:
> > The thought of a rolling release system has a lot of appeal to me for
> > desktop usage, but not for server usage, since each update contains
> > the potential to break things.
> I don't see how that is different for server or desktop. Large amount
> of desktop machines are also much easier to administrate when not
> changing the software all the time.

Thats partly true. But while it possible makes "administration" easier
is probably does NOT make "support" easier. That is for several reasons:
There is _more_ software to support (e.g. answering
questions to users, help them customizing it to their requirements), the
target audience is more sensible for isssues that we'd consider minor or
not worth to fix in a stable release, etc. Often there are
usability improvements in software that helps the people who use the
desktop to be more efficient in what they do. Desktops are probably the
most-compelling reason why a need for backports exist, IMHO.


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