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Re: debian unstable, stable enough?

You say you reinstalled from zero twice. What's the best way to get into unstable? Installing the stable version and then doing a dist-upgrade or installing unstable right-away, I mean when debian installation asks you which sources to choose you manually edit sources.list and put the unstable sentence ;-)
Another question. When testing becomes stable, I suppose that after this transition if you have sth like
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
your debian will go on with the next testing debian Os, right? just doing a apt-get upgrade will do the trick, won't it?

On 9/8/06, Curt Howland <Howland@priss.com> wrote:
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On Friday 08 September 2006 15:09, Andrei Popescu
<andreimpopescu@getmail.com> was heard to say:
> If we are talking about unstable breakages I always remember the
> yaird issue (about one year ago), which made my system unbootable.
> This is how I learned to fix it with a chroot from Knoppix.

While I have reinstalled from zero twice in the last couple of years,
once for a new HD and once because Circuit City decided to reinstall
Windows XP on my machine that was in to get the CDROM serviced (and
the fan cleaned! never buy a laptop where you cannot clean the fan,
it is a NIGHTMARE), I've been using Unstable on my desktop/laptop
machines exclusively.

The yaird upgrade, as well as xfree to xorg transition, were the times
when Unstable really lived up to its name. I didn't have as much
trouble as some with yaird, because I chanced to have a back-rev
kernel on the machine to boot into when I had the same problem you
did. In fact, I have yet to ever use chroot, so I'm hoping the HowTo
will be up to teaching me when the time comes.

My experience with Unstable has been that big things going wrong are
rare. Very rare. As long as I allow the un-met dependencies to keep
packages back, problems tend not to happen. Real bugs, like the
inability to automount USB keys and such from a few weeks ago, are
quickly fixed. Fixing little problems have helped me learn more about
the system than I ever learned about Windows, but the modularity of
Debian and Linux in general means that so long as I keep a KNOPPIX
disk handy there is no problem that is insurmountable.

Like some others here, I've never had data loss due to software
failure. At worst, once, I used Knoppix to boot the machine, copied
my home directory and a .zip of /etc (always back up your /etc!) to a
server and took the opportunity to upgrade to GRUB from LILO.

Contrast that to the endless battle trying to figure out why _this_
reinstall of Win2K isn't working, and reinstalling again, and even
Unstable Debian is head and shoulders over what other software
distributors call "stable".


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