Some thoughts about distro's releases and Debian

Today I was reading planet KDE and found a blog post from Jason 'vanRijn on how he went trough different distros, starting in OpenSuse and finishing in OpenSuse [0]. The difference: he started in 10.3 and finished in 11.

At this point I asked myself since when I do [not]{style="font-weight: bold;"} care abou the current Debian release I am using. If it weren't for disk space problems, or disk failures (or partinioning the wrong partition when trying to test another distro :-( ), I would have not installed any other Debian release but the one that I had at hand during the first installation. And I keep myself really up to date. Yes, you guessed it: apt's magic combined with Debian's workflow =) .

Once a Debian system is installed (I tend to install the current testing), releases almost lose meaning for me. If the computer will be used by newbies, I configure testing and unstable repos in sources.list, and I set apt's default-release in testing. Works like a charm. They can have any package that is in Debian repos, with a very great sense of robustness. In my particular case, I have the same sources.list, and set the default release to unstable. The rest of the magic is done by apt.

Of course, I am not saying that Debian should leave the release cycle. We need it. There are lots of things that get improved thanks to this.

I guess Debian has something I see as to different workflows for someone who installed it. If you need the [rock solid]{style="font-weight: bold;"} Debian, get the stable and keep it until next stable release. But if you run a desktop, change your mind, apt is your best friend.

[0] OpenSuse guys: I have been hearing a lot of good stuff from you lately, kudos for you all :-D


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