Currently, I am a Gentoo Linux user. It is a great distribution for people who want fine control over their system. I enjoy being able to just emerge whatever_program. However, I am getting a little tired of having to compile every little obscure library for a point update. So, I guess you could say I'm in the market for a new distro.
I have used Red Hat (not Fedora), Mandrake, and Gentoo. Of all of them, I enjoy the control I have with Gentoo. I guess I'm looking for a distro that will allow me to obtain the latest xorg or gnome or firefox without having to go through a three hour compile session. RPM is not suitable for this, as I know from experience. Red Hat and Mandrake are very picky about dependencies making an upgrade of gnome or kde nearly impossible. One ends up in the RPM equivalent of dll hell. apt-get seems well suited for my needs. That is why I am posting to this debian list. However, when I browsed the package repositories on debian.org, I was disappointed. The stable repository is woefully out of date. The latest unstable gnome is version 2.6, and xorg is not even listed. Is it possible to easily have a debian install with the latest gnome 2.8 and xorg 6.8.1? I did see a debian-based distro called ubuntu that has gnome 2.8 out of the box. However, their faq says that one should not mix mainstream debian debs with ubuntu debs. So, that distro would preclude me from taking advantage of all of the packages in the debian repository. So, does anyone have advice for this situation? Am I asking the impossible of the current state of debian?
Thanks for any insight.
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