seitz at bsd-unix.net
Wed Nov 18 17:37:59 EST 2009
On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 05:07:20PM -0500, American Dave wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 01:26:29PM -0500, Eric Dantan Rzewnicki wrote:
> > As a wannabee debian dev, I'm interested to know of others' impressions
> > and past experience with Debian release to release upgrades. My own
> > experience has been pretty painless.
> I've been running Debian for eight years. What I appreciate most about
> it is the rigorous quality standards they have. If something is
> officially packaged by Debian, I will almost never use any other
> version. I'm a heavy user of Debian stable and unstable. The distro is
> a dream for servers.
> Stable upgrades have always been a breeze. I started with Potato and
> upgraded to the newest stable versions (sometimes skipping versions) without
> issue. Of course I run into problems with unstable, though that's to be
> expected, and frankly it's more stable than many distributions.
Agreed, I still think Debian is one of the better distributions for a server platform.
I have had the same success/luck as Dave over the past 9-10 years as well. Ubuntu seems
to be a more updated alternative but I don't think the quality standards are the same.
> Another great benefit of Debian is the architecture support. I've run
> the official distribution on Sparc32, SGI Indigo hardware, my Linksys Nslu2, and
> various PowerPC machines.
I actually think that is a downfall where they don't focus enough time on the x86 platforms
to make them REALLY great. It isn't bad having support for all those devices though for reasons
you listed above.
Bryan G. Seitz
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