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Re: Upgrading Debian

On Friday 07 May 2004 10:21 pm, John Hasler wrote:
> cr writes:

> > Yes, sitting behind a 56k modem (or a 28k which is what I'm stuck with
> > when line noise sets in!), a major upgrade of several packages is really
> > only practical off CD's.
> I don't find that to be the case.

Me neither.  When I dist-upgraded to Sarge from Woody, it was rather painful.  
I think it took 36 hours or so to get everything.  After that, I used an 
"update early, update often" philosophy.  I usually only had to get a thing 
or two, but it did get ugly a few times when there was a glibc update or a 
new version of X.

I tried to stay away from packages that kept changing pointlessly.  Download 
the kernel source six times because people kept changing things related to 
extremely obscure options that didn't affect me anyway, for example.

I won't say it was a wonderful experience, but I got by that way for a year or 
two.  Grabbing new stuff by modem just takes patience.  It helps if you don't 
pay for your connectivity by the hour too.

(Cable is way better though.  Wuhoo!  I'm getting ready to tell my dial-up ISP 
of 10 years that it's time to finally part company.)

Michael McIntyre  ----   Silvan <dmmcintyr@users.sourceforge.net>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek;  registered Linux user #243621

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