Re: Philosophical question
On 4 Dec 1997, Larry G. Gariepy Jr. wrote:
> I hope I don't sound heretical: I imagine that a lot of people like Linux for
> the fact that there is something new to try every week or two. :) (or more
> often?) But practically, how often do people think it is worth the trouble to
> upgrade major software components? Every six months? Every year?
I've been using Debian a little over a year now and I've pretty much just
followed the software versions in the stable, non-free, and contrib
directory trees. My "upgrade policy" is to run dselect every two or three
months or whenever I want something new. I run dselect connecting via FTP
so I don't worry about the age of packages on a CD-ROM. By the way -- I
REALLY like the FTP connect option, it is very convienient and a nice
addition to the normal download from some type of media options. If there
are new versions of some of the packages I have installed, dselect will
want to upgrade them and I usually let it. It seems that this has happened
a two or three times in the last year. I've never had any problem with the
upgrades and one of them was pretty major (Debian 1.2 -> 1.3).
I bet that there are many different types of users out there with respect
to their desire for a stable vs. "bleeding edge" system. There are a lot
of people who really need a stable system and are careful to keep theirs
that way. I think you should upgrade when you feel like it or whenever
new version are released into the stable tree. If a update package
does contain bugs, there is usually pretty quick action from what I've
seen. Anyway just my opinion...
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