Re: Changing from Stable to Testing/Unstable
Alejandro Salas wrote:
Currently unstable IMHO is not in a great shape. There are a lot of
transitions going on (KDE, g++) etc., and there is a freetype transition
coming up. But if you are fine with couple of packages not working 'once
in a while' then you can install it.
When I installed it I went for the Stable version, but
now I'm thinking of switching over either to Testing
or to Unstable. First I wanted to ask how unstable the
Unstable distro is?.
It is a one way process (well at least for newbies) from stable to
testing to unstable. The downgrading (ie unstable to testing to stable)
is not supported and users usually have problems doing a downgrade.
Cuz I heard that most of the time
you can work with it pretty well. The other thing is,
Do I need to reinstall the system?, or is there a safe
way to change distros without reinstalling?.
Upgrading from stable to testing to unstable should not involve any
reinstallation. You can just update your sources.list and do 'apt-get
update' followed by 'apt-get dist-upgrade' or 'apt-get upgrade'
Upgrading most probably does not require a reinstall. But downgrading
might require a reinstall (or spending lots of time with configuration
paranoid as I am I'll probably reinstall, but I wanted
to know anyway.
You might find my document
useful. It answers some of your questions in more detail than what I
Kamaraju S Kusumanchi