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Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid

On Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 01:00:44PM -0700, Paul Scott wrote:
> Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 02:09:34PM +0100, andy wrote:
> >   
> >> Hi all
> >>
> >> This is just a general enquiry about the benefits of using Sid on a  
> >> desktop or a workstation. Aside from obtaining up-to-the-minute software  
> >> (and related patches), are there any other benefits to using Sid? I am  
> >> aware of the risks - i.e. frequently broken applications - but to be  
> >> honest, how often does this happen?
> >>
> >> Any thoughts (no flames please - I recycled my asbestos suit!!)
> >>     
> >
> > I find sid doesn't break that often for me. I can think of maybe two
> > instances in the past three years where I've had a serious enough
> > breakage that I had to stop everything else to solve the problem. 
> >
> > Lately though, I've gotten lazy and haven't kept up with the
> > updates. I'm probably running closer to lenny at the moment... If you
> > don't keep up with the updates, you quickly fall *way* behind and have
> > to plan the updates. If you do it every day, it's no big deal... a
> > handful of packages. If you wait a week, you have to stop and think
> > and pay close attention. If you wait a month, set aside a couple of
> > hours in case something get's hosed because you'll be updating
> > hundreds of packages. 
> >   
> My essential point is to install apt-listbugs as soon as possible and
> use the information it gives to either wait for the problem to be fixed
> or research the problem.  I have no idea whether apt-listbugs is part of
> the basic installation.

big second to the use of apt-listbugs!


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