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Re: How "unstable" is unstable?



On Sun, 2003-07-06 at 23:57, Marino Fernandez wrote:
> On Sunday 06 July 2003 9:10 pm, Steve Lamb wrote:
> > On 06 Jul 2003 21:07:42 -0400
> >
> > Neal Lippman <nl@lippman.org> wrote:
> > > I'm wondering, from those running sid, just how "unstable" is it at the
> > > present time?
> > >
> > > The reason I am asking is that I would like to move on to KDE 3 and am
> > > feeling behind the times, still using KDE 2.1 in woody. I've been
> > > reluctant to track sid since I do need my workstation to be up and
> > > working pretty well, so I'd be interested in hearing from some who are
> > > using unstable regularly.
> 
> Sid is doing pretty good for me. I have a knoppix/debian install plus gnome 
> 2.2 (that is KDE 3.1.2, Mozilla 1.3.2, Evolution 1.4, Openoffice 1.0.3, 
> kernel 2.4.21, XFree86 4.3) in my laptop... and what can I say, other that 
> some minor bugs (i.e. the pgp plugin for KMail (or any other email client) 
> does not work), everything works perfectly... I had it for 2 months now.

I've been running Sid for about as long as I've been using Debian. I
started with Potato almost two years ago and upgraded to Sid after about
my 3rd week using Debian. I've been running it happily ever since. My
laptop, desktop, and firewall/webserver/kitchen sink server all run
unstable with no problems. The server is at 300+ days uptime with no
problems. If you're concerned about breaking something during an
upgrade, apt-listchanges and apt-listbugs are great tools to have. It
also helps if you have a non-critical system that you can do upgrades on
before doing the rest of the machines. In my case, my server and laptop
have to be working at all times. My desktop doesn't. So I always do
updates on my desktop first, make sure that nothing is broken, and then
update the laptop and the server.

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