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Re: Changing from Stable to Testing/Unstable

Alejandro Salas wrote:

Hello everyone,

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?.

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 (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/11/msg00016.html) coming up. But if you are fine with couple of packages not working 'once in a while' then you can install it.

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?.

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.

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'

Being as
paranoid as I am I'll probably reinstall, but I wanted
to know anyway.
Upgrading most probably does not require a reinstall. But downgrading might require a reinstall (or spending lots of time with configuration files)...

You might find my document http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/kk288/debian_choosing_distribution.html useful. It answers some of your questions in more detail than what I explained here.


Kamaraju S Kusumanchi

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