On 10/11/11 18:56, Dominic Amann wrote:
On 09/10/2011 12:48 PM, Robert Wolfe wrote:
QA of Ubuntu is too bad, Mint is basically the same thing. So I have
only Debian at hand but I was also working about OpenSuse.
Well if you are using this in a production environment, it's
kinda crazy to use the testing version. Also, if you aren't
happy with what's available prepackaged, you could always
download the source code to what you want and build your own
package. As far as updating, if you are using the testing
build, then updating often is, IMO, a good idea. If anything to
keep up with all the latest bug fixes and feature
Debian stable too old? That's a matter of opinion. I'd rather
run stable on a production box than testing (although I do have
two production boxes running each -- stable for day to day stuff
that people use for reliability and a production testing box for
those that like to use bleeding edge -- both of which have
mirrored/replicated data using GlusterFS).
The original poster addressed all of your points in advance -
stable IS TOO OLD for win/mac migrants. Their expectations are
much higher in terms of versions of such basic things as internet
Downloading the source code and building is EXACTLY WHAT LINUX IS
INFAMOUS FOR in the world of Win/Mac users. The whole point of a
distro is to provide pre-built packages of everything they are
likely to need in an easy to use fashion.
Updating often is something thing that Windows is infamous for.
700 MB downloads of updates in a month old system does appear
disconcerting (to say the least) to a new Linux user.
The truth here is that Debian is not necessarily very well suited
to novice desktop users, or even many power users. It is wonderful
as the basis for many other excellent distributions that favour
end users more, such as Ubuntu, and Mint, either of which I would
recommend to the novice Win/Mac user. Both of which include much
newer application software in their current incarnations, but use
the current Debian kernel and package management system.
Anyway, I'm trying out Stable for this purpose, and also checked out
apt pinning, but it's not much useful. Backports of
Iceweasel/Chromium is missing for e.g. and they're horribly