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Re: Debian vs. Red Hat (was Re: [tlug] Mandrake vs. Red Hat)

>>>>> "Shimpei" == Shimpei Yamashita <> writes:

    Shimpei> and sid--well, there's a reason it's called "unstable".

Er, actually, it's "there's a reason unstable is called `sid'".  See
the movie.  ;-)

    Shimpei> Having said that, I do run Debian unstable at home and
    Shimpei> haven't thought of switching out.

I run unstable on my work server, but the software is very limited and
itself mostly very stable stuff (apache, older kernels, etc).  glibc I
keep all the old .debs around, just in case ;-) but I've yet to have a
Debian-related problem since I switched it to unstable.  All the
problems I've had have to do with dormant bugs surfacing, which you
can't really blame on the distro.

However, your main points seem to be that (1) for a reasonably
up-to-date personal workstation you either run `sid' or work pretty
hard at mix'n'matching more recent packages, and (2) this does result
in the occasional outage of one or more apps for a day or so unless
you keep several generations of .debs in the cache.  I have to agree
with those.

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