Re: Upgrading from Etch to Lenny
* Mike McCarty <Mike.McCarty@sbcglobal.net> [070920 22:21]:
> Russell L. Harris wrote:
>> * Douglas A. Tutty <firstname.lastname@example.org> [070920 21:10]:
>>> On Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 04:28:09PM -0400, Gregory O'Neal wrote:
>>>> I am new to linux. I have been running Etch for a month or so now on
>>>> my Gateway Desktop. I am considering moving up to testing. This brings
>>>> up the question of what is the proper way to accomplish the upgrade?
>>> May I humbly suggest that you may not have had time to learn
>>> enough about linux or Debian to run testing? It is, after all,
>> Humbug! Your comment may be applicable to "unstable", but not to
>> "testing". I ran "unstable" for about two years, and I experienced
>> very few difficulties.
> "Humbug" is a very strong word. It indicates intentional fraudulent
> claims. Perhaps you'd like to moderate your statement?
Lighten up, Mike! You are reading into my reply a connotation which I
did not intend and which is not supported by the context.
The meaning of a word is determined by the context in which the word
is used. The lexicon or dictionary is merely a compilation of
meanings which commonly are given to various words. The business of
the lexicographer is to search out and catalogue the meanings which a
word has been given in various contexts.
To be precise, the meaning of my expression "Humbug!" in the context
in question is "Your advice is overly cautious." I could have
expressed the same meaning with the term "Nonsense!" -- a term which,
in this context, likewise should not be taken literally.