What distribution of Debian do you use?

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What Debian distribution?

Oldstable
2
2%
Stable
28
24%
Stable + Backports
30
26%
Testing
37
32%
Unstable
18
16%
 
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby cynwulf » 2011-06-05 14:50

qjqqyy wrote:
What distribution of Debian do you use?


The correct word is "branch".

"distribution" is also correct:
Wheezy is the development codename for the next version of Debian, after Squeeze.

It is the current testing distribution.

http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWheezy
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby qjqqyy » 2011-06-05 14:52

fine, "branch" is more specific
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby dejan034 » 2011-06-05 16:43

Testing.. 8)
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby Roel63 » 2011-06-05 17:27

Testing.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby maxpro4u » 2011-06-05 17:37

I am running sid and I really like the latest KDE(netbook) works well on my thinkpad A31 P4 2gz 512ram.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby vbrummond » 2011-06-05 18:24

I am back to running Stable and am quite happy. :)
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby kedaha » 2011-06-05 18:28

qjqqyy wrote:
What distribution of Debian do you use?


The correct word is "branch".

I wondered about that too but I see them referred to as distributions on Debian's website here. Yes, it might be better to refer to them as branches, versions or releases since distribution is more commonly used to name other GNU/Linux OSes.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby Drum.be » 2011-06-05 19:56

stable on the eee-pc, testing on the desktop
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby emariz » 2011-06-05 21:41

I've used Testing since Etch was Stable and it has been a very fun and educative journey. However, while I don't notice an important difference between Squeeze and the current Testing for my everyday usage, Testing demands more attention and I have decided that I will move to Squeeze, at least until Gnome 3 offers me comparable customisation options as Gnome 2 (probably after its 3.2 release).

Right now, the only applications that I would grab from a newer branch are Shotwell, Iceweasel and, probably, the kernel and LibreOffice, because I find useful various of their new features. I am also planning to use the Proposed Updates repository and to change the priority of the Backports repository so that all backports are installable by default (and not only upgradable).

I might miss the thrill of updating the system everyday and finding revisions of libraries and dependencies whose actual use I completely ignore.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby ChristofferC » 2011-06-06 09:33

I've been running testing since 2002 or so, but with the Squeeze release I switched to stable. The few things I need the latest version of I compile from source or download from some third party repo. I agree there is not enough difference between stable and testing to risk the instability of testing.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby emariz » 2011-06-07 01:16

ChristofferC wrote:I agree there is not enough difference between stable and testing to risk the instability of testing.

For me, there was a difference between Lenny and the Testing close to the release, because they were two Gnome releases apart and various applications were simply more useful in Testing, like Nautilus and Network Manager. Gimp's "new" interface was also only available in Testing.

In my case, it wasn't the (possible) bugs what made me move to Stable, but the constant upgrades. I wasn't afraid of experiencing some errors because I don't depend on the computer to work, but I was tired of administering a system that changed everyday but provided very little enhancements, if any. (This only holds between Squeeze and the current Testing, June 2011).
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby cynwulf » 2011-06-07 07:42

ChristofferC wrote:I agree there is not enough difference between stable and testing to risk the instability of testing.

Not true - while there there is not as much difference at present as there will be in 12 months, by installing packages from testing you're still "risking the instability of testing".
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby julian516 » 2011-06-07 21:05

I run stable because when I need to get work done -- as opposed to doing "interesting" Linux things -- Squeeze will be there and the work will get done. I have great admiration for the people who produce a tool such as Debian Stable. A "boring" system that works every time is a huge accomplishment, especially when it is designed to run over the range of hardware Debian accommodates.

I tend to run three distros at any one time. Squeeze is the constant so I let it manage GRUB2. Other distros tend to be on for a while and then gone as I explore further. If Squeeze were not playing the anchor role I probably would give that assignment to something like Mepis 11, which amounts to a very nice KDE on a Stable foundation.

You did not ask but at the moment I am encountering Arch-Xfce. It is a good thing I am a retired fellow with a lot of time! "Interesting" project so to speak, doubtless I'll know a lot more about Linux configuration when I am done. Pacman is the first package manager I have seen that I would compare favorably with apt & aptitude.

That said I continue to think that Debian, in some flavor, augmented with h2's family of smxi scripts is as good as it gets in Linux.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby ivanovnegro » 2011-06-07 21:58

I am running Debian Stable, as I came from Ubuntu I never saw before a distro that is like just the name says, actually really STABLE.
Of course that cannot satisfy my needs for every app but I know how to add newer stuff.

As I will learn more and more the Debian way it could be that I will end up some day with Testing, but not sure yet if this is a really good option.
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Re: What distribution of Debian do you use?

Postby emariz » 2011-06-08 04:40

ivanovnegro wrote:As I will learn more and more the Debian way it could be that I will end up some day with Testing, but not sure yet if this is a really good option.

Before doing moving to Testing, learn about GNU/Linux in general and about Debian's package management in particular. Knowing the basics of system administration pays dear, and knowing APT is a big plus. You'll need to identify, document and report an issue, and to make your way until the developers fix it. Also, Aptitude can be fun:
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