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cola 12-15-2009 11:11 AM

Rolling release linux distributions
 
1.Arch Linux
2.Gentoo

Is there any other rolling release linux distribution?

[Rolling release=No new version of that linux distribution after six months/one year or so/no end of life]

salasi 12-15-2009 11:17 AM

Well, Sabayon is based on Gentoo, so that's another. But if Gentoo was unsatisfactory, for some reason or another, Sabayon may well be unsatisfactory too.

brianL 12-15-2009 11:18 AM

Slackware-current?

cola 12-15-2009 11:21 AM

Sabayon has new version after some period.
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=sabayon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabayon_Linux

~sHyLoCk~ 12-15-2009 11:24 AM

Sidux
Zenwalk-snapshot
Fedora-rawhide
mandriva-cooker
Suse-factory
Foresight
Lunar
Sorcerer

*sigh*

Actually you can make any distro as rolling and bleeding and hemorrhaging as you want.

pixellany 12-15-2009 11:32 AM

if you have Arch, why would you need anything else........;)

Would not LFS be considered "rolling release"?

cola 12-15-2009 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ (Post 3792465)
Sidux
Zenwalk-snapshot
Fedora-rawhide
mandriva-cooker
Suse-factory
Foresight
Lunar
Sorcerer

*sigh*

Actually you can make any distro as rolling and bleeding and hemorrhaging as you want.

Code:

Foresight
Lunar
Sorcerer
Sidux

These have release version every six months or so.
Do these have end of life issue?

cola 12-15-2009 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pixellany (Post 3792471)
if you have Arch, why would you need anything else........;)

Would not LFS be considered "rolling release"?

Arch linux is better.
Installing gentoo looks time-consuming,so much manual configuration.

pixellany 12-15-2009 11:53 AM

I'd like to tell you that I spend less time on Arch than I would with Gentoo, but I don't think that would be the case. For me, I simply got "over the hump" in the learning curve more easily with Arch. I'm not sure that I could explain why.

YMMV

~sHyLoCk~ 12-15-2009 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cola (Post 3792478)
Arch linux is better.
Installing gentoo looks time-consuming,so much manual configuration.

Even Arch and Gentoo have releases. Arch typically twice a year and gentoo had a new DVD release a few months back. They are still rolling release. I am not aware of any EOL hough, it's sort of contrary to a rolling release.

Regards

cola 12-15-2009 12:09 PM

That's installation cd release version.
cat /etc/archlinux-version doesn't display anything.
EOL is also a point.

craigevil 12-15-2009 01:41 PM

sidux, debian testing/sid, arch, gentoo

My current debian sid system was installed just before debian Sarge was released. apt-get dist-upgrade keeps my system updated, no need to ever reinstall other than perhaps hardware failures.

i92guboj 12-16-2009 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ (Post 3792496)
Even Arch and Gentoo have releases. Arch typically twice a year and gentoo had a new DVD release a few months back. They are still rolling release. I am not aware of any EOL hough, it's sort of contrary to a rolling release.

Regards

I don't know about Arch, but Gentoo doesn't have releases. The livecd/dvd version number is just something that tells you when was that cd released so you can get an idea if the livecd will support your network card or your favorite fs so you can operate while installing, but nothing from the livecd/dvd actually goes into your final installation. Once you do "emerge --sync" you are just like any other Gentoo user. There are no branches, releases or something like that.

In other words, you will get the same result no matter if you use a 2004.0 or 10.0 gentoo livecd/dvd. You could install Gentoo from an ubuntu or suse livecd and get the same exact result actually, or from another distro that you might have installed already in your HD.

If you reinstall Gentoo using a new livedvd that came out yesterday, you would be wasting your time, because after the reinstall you would have exactly the same distro, provided that you install the same set of packages and configure them the same way.

pixellany 12-16-2009 03:42 PM

Basically the same answer for Arch

AGer 12-16-2009 04:25 PM

From the user perspective, I would define "rolling release distribution" as something that has everything current. I would default "current" to the latest or previous version. I would even allow "never more than 3 versions old", provided it is a policy.

Either there are no rolling release distributions, or I cannot find them on distrowatch. Gentoo unstable is close, but the key word is "everything".

Oh, wait - is "unstable" any good from the user perspective? If not, can a "rolling release distro" exist?

So, maybe I would ask "what distributions allow you to make anything latest easily", but somebody already mentioned Slackware on this thread.


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