Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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RE: RE: Debian
by Frank on Tue 10th Feb 2004 22:47 UTC

Debian SID is curtainly not old. It is more up-to-date then Fedora curtainly, and is just as stable as most distributions.

Red Hat has recently switched to a longer release cycle for its business oriented products due to the fact that they feel business's want the most stable software available, and don't want to be upgrading every couple of months. This is exactly what Debian Stable represents, probably the most stable Linux distro around, perfect for any server needs.

I personally wouldn't recommend Testing to anyone, mainly because due to policy, it gets security upgrades at least 2 weeks after SID, which I personally don't like the idea of.

SID makes for a great desktop system also. Despite its status as "Debian Unstable", it certainly is anything but. I have used Debian SID for more then 2 years, and haven't had any show stopping problems with it...

Think of it like this (using Red Hat as an example due to most people understanding its system):

Debian Stable = RHEL
Debian Testing = ???
Debian SID = Fedora Core
Debian Experimental = Rawhide

Debian SID is probably more stable then Fedora Core in my experience, thus why I didn't place it as an equal to Testing. Testing is certainly more stable then Fedora Core, especially right now as its being prepared for a release in the near future.

I know this is off topic, and I apologize.

Something to add to the discussion:
I tried Arch a while ago, it did seem nice, but most packages seemed to be released far to early. Also, because the project is so young, it appears most things aren't exactly decided on yet.

Pacman certainly needs more work, and I didn't even try the source upgrade system... Overall it seems nice on paper, but then Gentoo seems nice on paper - until you install it and leave yourself with a useless computer for about 3-4 days...