Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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RE: Any OS? Certainly not Debian!
by kokara4a on Fri 6th Jan 2012 11:33 UTC in reply to "Any OS? Certainly not Debian!"
kokara4a
Member since:
2005-09-16

I've had pretty some bad experience with Debian 'apt-get dist-upgrade' where I ended up with partial upgrade and dependency problems. Admittedly, I'm not a Debian developer/expert although I have managed to get certain dependency problems fixed after a lot of man-page reading and head scratching.

Don't get me wrong, I love the deb package system and I only use distributions with deb packages. It's my favorite Linux technology (after Linux itself). The only thing it's missing is a rollback. I hear that may be possible with Btrfs snapshotting so it's seems we're getting there soon.

But not everyone is an expert. And he/she shouldn't be. Precisely because most times it works flawlessly - you take it for granted and when sth goes wrong you are in a WTF situation.

Still, I see nothing wrong with reinstalling every once in a while if only to repartition your disks to your better liking ;)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I could do with a better way to reinstall all currently installed packages with a forced over-write. My build script aproach works but a more dynamic "what packages are installed | aptitude reinstall with extreme prejeduce" short command could be very handy. Might be that I juts don't know dpkg/aptitude well enough.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

dpkg -i /var/cache/apt/archive/*.deb

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