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On Jan 4, 2009, at 4:21 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
Steve Holden writes:
Hey, isn't Ubuntu Debian-based? ...
Ouch. I don't actually use Ubuntu, but when everybody on my local LUG list from the "Linux should be Windows but cheaper" newbies to former NetBSD developers is grouching about upgrade hell, I don't see any real benefits to be gained. You're still going to need to go with a "don't think about fixing what ain't broke, and even if it's just kinda broke, Just Say No to that upgrade dope" policy.
No, something has to be done about the "no upgrades" policy, or it's not worth switching from Debian stable.
One interesting thing about Ubuntu is that you can hook into the
Personal Package Archives feature on Launchpad, so if you want to
track newer versions of individual packages than either the distro or
backports provides, you can do so using the standard package manager,
with dependency tracking, etc. It's up to the PPA owner to make sure
new releases are available to address things like security concerns
and such. The bzr team is pretty good about that (I regularly run bzr
from a PPA on my Ubuntu machines).
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