On Fri, 2003-08-08 at 03:51, Hershel Robinson wrote: > Said Greg Folkert: > > > Stable is NOT "stability of the system"... STABLE means few if any > > changes to the DISTRO. > > Said : Andreas Janssen: > > > ... Sarge or Sid are usable for > > desktop systems (at least many people use it, I use Woody with KDE 3), > > May I ask another newbie question? Are both of these statements accurate? > They are not precisely the impression I get from this page: > http://www.debian.org/releases/ > > 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. > > 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. :) It comes down to this: This is a spare machine. You will Install Woody, easiest IMNSHO. Play with it for quite a while. If you don;t like the "oldness" of it, put in testing and unstable sources in /etc/apt/source.list Then in /etc/apt/apt.conf APT::Default-Release "testing"; or APT::Default-Release "unstable"; Granted right I have very few issues with Sid right now. But that could change at any time. Testing seems to have a lot of Busted Dependencies, some to the point where some common packages are not even installable. As I said before, right now Sid (unstable) feels about as reliable as Current RedHat/Mandrake/etc... So, if you want NEW NEW NEW... goto Sid.  One problem the ticks me off is the Gnome Dialog for File selection and saving... Three out of three machines, 2 x86 one SPARC all Kill/Freeze the GNOME app when you goto select/open or save a file. But then again sometimes it actually WORKS!!! GADS I hate those kinds of BUGS. and No I have not filed one yet because I have not fingered out the causality. -- greg, firstname.lastname@example.org REMEMBER ED CURRY! http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry Your aquiline senescence implores me to generalize within the relms of a starfish's lifelong hallucinations of gelatin pools and of actuaries floating upon the Rhine.
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