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RE: Helping the newbie

-----Original Message-----
From: Hershel Robinson [mailto:hershelr@netvision.net.il] 
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 10:55 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: RE: Helping the newbie

Said Greg Folkert:

> Stable is NOT "stability of the system"... STABLE means few if any
> changes to the DISTRO.

That's quite true, but the changes are not there because the software is stable (no bugs, no crashes), so that means a stable machine.

Said : Andreas Janssen:

> ... Sarge or Sid are usable for
> desktop systems (at least many people use it, I use Woody with KDE 3),

Yes, the software included is not reliable enough to be used on a critical machine (e.g.: server with sensitive data)

May I ask another newbie question? Are both of these statements accurate?
They are not precisely the impression I get from this page:

but if sarge is a stable operating system for my desktop, then I imagine it
might be smarter for me to install that, rather than woody. I am behind a
NAT hardware firewall, so I presume some security issues may not be of
tremendous concern to me.

Sarge is not stable, but testing.

I am a complete Linux newbie and I am hoping to install Debian on a second
machine, just as soon as I can purchase said machine. :)

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you,
Hershel Robinson
Jerusalem, Israel

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