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Re: Slink to Potato

Damon Muller <dm-debian-user@empire.net.au> writes:
> Because of the developments such as glibc2.1, perl, and probably
> numerous other things, you can't take something out of Potato and put it
> on a Slink system and expect it to work. It's an all-or-nothing
> arrangement. They may both be `GNU/Linux', but they are essential
> incompatible.

This is simply not true.

As I have mentioned in several other posts recently, I've been
incrementally upgrading my slink system with packages from potato, using
no particular care, simply depending on dselect/apt to keep me safe.

I _have_ upgraded to glibc2.1 and the new perl, but these upgrades were
quite painless, and had no obvious negative repercussions -- the great
majority of stuff on my system is still slink (from a japanese cdrom
set, BTW, which had all sorts of wacky-ass versions of things...) and it
all works together quite happily.

In case you hadn't notice, dselect/apt/&c do their job quite well.
I suggest you take a deep breath and give them a try (instead of getting
all freaked out by what you read on mailing lists and crying doom).

The beauty of debian is that the package maintainers do the worrying and
the awful kluges (and they've done a wonderul job), meaning *you* don't
have to!


Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra.  Suddenly it flips over,
pinning you underneath.  At night the ice weasels come.  --Nietzsche

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