which Debian do you use most often?

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which Debian do you use most often?

Unstable / Sid
6
11%
Testing / Buster
18
34%
Stable / Stretch
27
51%
OldStable / Jessie
1
2%
Wheezy
1
2%
Squeeze
0
No votes
Lenny, Etch, Sarge, Woody ...
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 53

which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Soul Singin' » 2019-06-14 01:08

Back in the day when RickH ran this board, a "Real Debian User" ran Debian Testing. I never agreed with Rick on anything. (I'm a "Fake Debian User"). But I am curious to know which distribution of Debian members of this board use most often these days.

Which distribution of Debian do you use on your primary machine?
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby 4D696B65 » 2019-06-14 01:19

Sid on all my boxen except my nas runs stable. In well over a decade sid broke twice on me and caused short lived pain. All else was a small hiccup. Most issues were DE related, base system is almost always solid.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Soul Singin' » 2019-06-14 01:43

4D696B65 wrote:In well over a decade sid broke twice on me and caused short lived pain. All else was a small hiccup.

I ran Lenny when it was in Testing and I remember a lot of pain. It seemed like every upgrade would break something. After that, I always ran Stable, but lately I have been enjoying Buster in its last Testing days.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby 4D696B65 » 2019-06-14 01:49

Remember Etch-And-A-Half? Perhaps we should still do this for newer hardware support. Buster-And-A-Half next year?

I noticed sid is more stable than testing, go figure. :o
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Soul Singin' » 2019-06-14 01:58

4D696B65 wrote:Remember Etch-And-A-Half?

OMG! I forgot about that one. Thanks for the memory. Had there been a Lenny-and-a-Half, I might still be using it. . :lol:

4D696B65 wrote:I noticed sid is more stable than testing, go figure. :o

Because broken packages are fixed immediately. Testing has to wait wait wait wait for bug fixes.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby PhilGil » 2019-06-14 02:09

I checked Testing/Buster because that's what I'm running now, but I run Stable most of the time.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby sickpig » 2019-06-14 03:29

Stretch because i hate updates, i reckon testing and sid must have boatloads of them. m happy with just security ones, once in a while. if there is a new version of any app which i absolutely must have then there is always the compile option :D
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby GarryRicketson » 2019-06-14 04:22

I guess I am "Fake Debian User", but do run Debian 7 24 hours 7 days a week, also Debian 6 on a machine that never goes on line, runs some equipment and controls incubaters, .... On my "primary system", the PC I use most of the time, and keep current I run OpenBsd 6.5, and use it to host several Qemu VMs, Debian 7, Debian 8(I deleted it) , Debian 9 , Debian 9 /sid , and Debian 10, Buster, another Debian 10, buster, but it will stay with the testing repos, when Buster is released. Another will be for SID,... I was not sure which option to select on the poll and kind of think these polls are pointless, so I did not select any thing.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Bloom » 2019-06-14 07:02

Everything with a desktop runs either Sid or Testing. My own most-used desktop runs Sid. For several years now without any problems.
Everything without a desktop (servers) used to run Stable, but since about a year they all run Testing. Also without any problems.
So everything here is a rolling release.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby peer » 2019-06-14 08:27

my desktop runs on debian 10 testing
I have two old laptops with debian 9.9 stable
And my eeepc runs on debian 8.11 stable. I tried to install debian 9 and 10 but then I get a black screen after starting up..
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby None1975 » 2019-06-14 11:55

My dektops runs Debian Stable, codename "Stretch". Works like a champ! The third machine runs FreeBSD 12 with Xmonad on top of that.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby kedaha » 2019-06-14 13:53

Soul Singin' wrote:Back in the day when RickH ran this board....

That caught my eye :wink: ; I remember reading the real Debian user topic and references to it. If I remember right, for example a "real Debian user" always uses vi & no sudo gedit ubunto nonsense! 8)
Anyway, to answer the question, I've always used current stable on all my desktop systems and—and it goes without saying but I'll say it—on my server. I used to run testing and sid in addition to stable for testing purposes but haven't done so for a long time now but I think—laziness permitting— I might try and do that again to follow developments.
As an afterthought, I still think my conjecture (see the footnote link in my signature below) seems legit.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby debian-2019 » 2019-06-14 14:44

As a beginner, my tendency is to always go with the newest stable version of a distro. But when I started to experience issues due to old kernel or old packages incompatible with newer devices I'm using, I started to experiment with the testing versions. Then I learned Ubuntu (which the stable Linux Mint is based on) is based on the sid version. That is enough to give me assurance my machine will be fine using a testing version of Debian.
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-06-14 15:22

kedaha wrote:I still think my conjecture [...] seems legit.

+1

I voted for buster but I'm only testing it because the release is imminent and I will keep using it until it goes to LTS, I'm not switching to bullseye until then.

debian-2019 wrote:I started to experience issues due to old kernel or old packages incompatible with newer devices I'm using

https://backports.debian.org/

And thank you for proving kedeha's point :mrgreen:
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Re: which Debian do you use most often?

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2019-06-14 15:48

Was bouncing between Testing and Sid every few months since 2018. (yeah, reinstalls are a pain).
Decided on Sid because it is annoying to wait for Chromium updates on Stable and Testing.
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