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I see kopete is not in the batch of new kde stuff in etch. If someone upgrades their kde, will the old kopete still run? How does this work in debian? Does a new kde break old kde applications?
If it will install without removing the application then most likely it will work with the older version. The way it works in Debian is if a newer package has an incompatible version of a library for example then everything that uses that library will have to be rebuilt in sid before it gets a chance to enter testing/Etch.
Well, I did the big upgrade which also included an upgrade from X.org 2.8 to 2.9 (if I remember correct) Though after upgrading it I couldn't get my x working anymore, so I had to downgrade to 2.8 again. I don't had any other problems (I'm not using KDE myself)
Well I early adopted into kde 3.5.x using the alioth. No real problems. I also have a completely testing/unstable system with no issues other then I can't run xorg 6.9 on it because it has an older nvidia card and the drivers are an issue there.
My Debian Etch drive contains alot of work I don't want to loose, so perhaps I should wait...at least to read some more feedback
I've got a few butterflys as well. I think it has been several months since Etch had such a large influx of "important" upates (as opposed to minor cosmetic fixes for fairly simple programs.)
What is the scary part is that if a package (say udev) does not work right, where do you get the previous copy from? Maybe it's in snapshot? Or do you take it from stable? At least with Sid if something goes bonkers on you, you can grab it from Etch to restore.
I've been hearing about problems with sound and mounting after the new upgrade but its only been a few postings about problems on the various boards and newgroups I follow. IF this upgrade has been done by a lot of folks, it looks like it has gone well considering how few problems I've seen. However I tend to think most folks use either Sarge or Sid leaving just a few of us on the Etch 'fence.'
I had no problems doing the upgrade, even though I had to manually apt-get install some stuff that was not going to be updated/upgraded with an ordinary apt-get upgrade. The udev/hal thing was no problem. KDE 3.5 is great.
The ATI Radeon drivers doesn't work with X.org 6.9, so they won't work after the upgrade anymore (I got the same problem)
I hope ATI will upgrade their drivers in a short time but I don't count on it. I guess I have to live without a 3d driver for quite a while
I also had to purge my X.org install before upgrading because the old (6.8) config file didn't work with the new (6.9) one.