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Old 07-13-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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My Linux works flawlessly... how frustrating!


So I have upgraded my file-/backup-/webserver to Wheezy (went really smoothly), reorganized the whole way that the automated backup is structured, adjusted all scripts and crontabs on the server, my laptop and the laptop of my wife to the new structure and everything is running as expected now...

Damn! Nothing left to fiddle with...

Do you have that sometimes? Sitting in front of your computer and wishing something was broken so you can start fixing it? In the past, when that point came, I just installed a new distro, but after some time you get to the point where you found the distro that just suits you best. So what then?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...
 
Old 07-13-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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you are an experienced user..that is the explanation..
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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If you want to have occasional "fun" with your system, don't use Debian Stable Use Debian Unstable instead or any other -- less stable -- distro.

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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As odiseo77 says running Sid would be a start.
Secondly being a server is one thing Linux seems to do incredibly well and incredibly easy. For problems try using Pulse Audio or third party applications or drivers -- both give me problems on a regular basis with solutions ranging from waiting for the problem to go away to messing with the contents of .deb files.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...
Hello

I don't experiment with lots of different distros these days either (although I do still play around with two or three different ones from time to time), but I'm always installing many different desktop environments and window managers just to see how they are coming along with each major release. I never mix them on the same machine, so each one gets it's own Arch system to work from. Doing so helps to keep my interest high, plus the extra knowledge has come in handy more than a few times.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Do you have that sometimes? Sitting in front of your computer and wishing something was broken so you can start fixing it? In the past, when that point came, I just installed a new distro, but after some time you get to the point where you found the distro that just suits you best. So what then?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...
Yes, Slackware works perfectly and I have nothing to fix, so I'm bored. I do some personal research on the side to combat the boredom, and video games. I sometimes come up with an idea for a shell script or C program and then I write it.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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Do you have that sometimes? Sitting in front of your computer and wishing something was broken so you can start fixing it?
No, I rather have things go well then fiddle with the problem. I guess people like you are a rarity
 
Old 07-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #8
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As odiseo77 says running Sid would be a start.
I can see that my post was written in a misleading way. So on my main work machine I am currently running Aptosid, which is based on Sid. But then maybe that doesn't count, I have to admit that I am pretty impressed about how stable it is. Now is that because sid is not so unstable after all, or is it just the aptosid guys doing a great job...?

Either way on a machine that is visible to the www and at the same time has the backup of all my private data (the server I was talking about) I prefer to run stable :-)

And then also I have to say: As much as I enjoy deepdiving into the inner workings of Linux every now and then, I still also want to be able to depend on my install. E.g. I was running Arch for a while, and really liked it because it encouraged me to learn more Linux, but at some point I switched because I don't want my distro to decide for me when I have to spend time on my config files.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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Well, yes, I think it very sensible to run Stable on anything internet facing.
My problems with Sid tend to centre around 32 bit compatibility which, as far as I can tell, has been broken for a couple of years now leading to interesting solutions for third party software.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 06:01 PM   #10
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Yes, Slackware works perfectly and I have nothing to fix, so I'm bored.
I actually installed slackware 14 last night. Looks very interesting, but kernel 3.2 keeps giving me xorg freezes... I have observed this with a couple of other distros as well, which is why I feel more or less forced to stick to distros using newer kernels...

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #11
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Yang
 
Old 07-14-2013, 02:29 AM   #12
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I actually installed slackware 14 last night. Looks very interesting, but kernel 3.2 keeps giving me xorg freezes... I have observed this with a couple of other distros as well, which is why I feel more or less forced to stick to distros using newer kernels...
Or you could compile your own, as I do.
 
Old 07-14-2013, 03:23 AM   #13
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I actually installed slackware 14 last night. Looks very interesting, but kernel 3.2 keeps giving me xorg freezes... I have observed this with a couple of other distros as well, which is why I feel more or less forced to stick to distros using newer kernels...
You can compile your kernel: http://docs.slackware.com/slackbook:linux_kernel
 
Old 07-14-2013, 06:14 AM   #14
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This is one of these moments where you scratch your head and think... why did someone else have to suggest that to me?!?!
Great point, I am certainly give it a try... Thanks :-)
 
Old 07-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #15
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I also wrote a kernel howto on there. It has details on some of the options, and it is geared towards more advanced users:
http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:sla...git_repository
 
  


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