Re: Need newer software that included with stable (that isn't at backports.org)
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On 07/28/07 16:30, Tim Hull wrote:
> Sure other OSs do: Try convincing OpenBSD that you want a newer kernel.
> They'll tell you to wait six months. OTOH, NetBSD is a hacker's dream.
> Take your pick. FreeBSD may also do what you need but I haven't used it
> I agree that it would be nice to have something a litle more often than
> we get with Stable but a little more stable than Testing, but it
> exist. To make it exist would pull developers' time from the system as
> it stands.
There actually are other distros besides Debian. Maybe one of them
better suits OP's needs.
> For this reason, and not in any way to tell you to go away, you may wish
> to consider one of the BSDs. They can run binary linux apps in
> compatibility mode while having a large repository of packages ready to
> install. Their pkg_add is very similar to apt-get; I haven't found
> anything equivalent to aptitude ncurses interface.
> I must say I definitely did consider that. FreeBSD looks like a lot of
> what I may want - it's ports is second only to Debian's package tree in
> software available, and each port can be updated independently. On the
> other hand, its hardware support lags behind Linux somewhat. Debian
> actually seemed most in line with what I wanted, as it seems like the
> least monolithic of the distributions and the most stable. I even seem
> to remember a Debian developer speak of incorporating backports and
> making stable images with updated kernels for hardware support available
> at some point.
That's what Volatile is for.
> In any case, I don't mean to irritate anyone. I'm just pointing out
> what I have found, by far, to be the #1 drawback of most Linux
> distributions - either you're stuck with what the distro gives you for n
> months, you install packages from some unofficial repo (if you're
> lucky), or you futz with tarballs - and see if anyone is working on
> solutions/is doing anything other than the obvious.
As I mentioned before, many upstream authors make RPMs of their
creations. Maybe Fedora really would be better for you.
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day.
Hit him with a fish, and he goes away for good!
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