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jduvall 07-03-2010 07:20 AM

Rolling Release distros?
 
What are some major rolling release distros? I know I've heard Debian testing is/can be, is this just a matter of changing "code-name whatever" to stable/testing?

Arch was good but it just seemed a little to bleeding edge for my tastes (Though the documentation is far and away the best I've seen)

What are some other rolling release distros?

craigevil 07-03-2010 07:33 AM

Arch, gentoo, sidux, Debian testing/sid, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS, Foresight linux, Crunchbang now that they are switching to Debian testing

jlinkels 07-03-2010 08:50 AM

Debian Testing is not too bad at this moment. In my opinion Debian has hit an all-time low-level after they included KDE4 in the Testing version, but they are now coming back from that to a level where the distro is usable again. So yes, Testing is more or less a rolling release, not bleeding edge but often more stable than other distros official release.

jlinkels

snowpine 07-03-2010 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by jduvall (Post 4022659)
What are some major rolling release distros? I know I've heard Debian testing is/can be, is this just a matter of changing "code-name whatever" to stable/testing?

Arch was good but it just seemed a little to bleeding edge for my tastes (Though the documentation is far and away the best I've seen)

What are some other rolling release distros?

Arch and sidux are the 2 best rolling release distros that I've tried. If you want a little less "bleeding edge" than Arch and are a KDE fan, sidux is a must-try. The install from Live CD is very fast, and it has a very clean & technical vibe.

Debian Testing has several good derivatives: CrunchBang and AntiX, just to list my 2 favorites. Any one of them can be "upgraded" to Sid if you prefer "bleeding edge." You simply edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change all instances of "testing" (or sometimes called "squeeze") to "unstable", then "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade". :)

Sabayon is another rolling release if you're looking for a "bells and whistles" distro with games, eye candy, widgets, etc.

I'm sure there are other good options I haven't had a chance to try yet. :)

jduvall 07-03-2010 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by snowpine (Post 4022791)
Arch and sidux are the 2 best rolling release distros that I've tried. If you want a little less "bleeding edge" than Arch and are a KDE fan, sidux is a must-try. The install from Live CD is very fast, and it has a very clean & technical vibe.

Debian Testing has several good derivatives: CrunchBang and AntiX, just to list my 2 favorites. Any one of them can be "upgraded" to Sid if you prefer "bleeding edge." You simply edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change all instances of "testing" (or sometimes called "squeeze") to "unstable", then "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade". :)

Sabayon is another rolling release if you're looking for a "bells and whistles" distro with games, eye candy, widgets, etc.

I'm sure there are other good options I haven't had a chance to try yet. :)

How do you make crunch rolling? It seems based on ubuntu which is kinda anything but

halborr 07-03-2010 02:45 PM

slackware --current is rolling, I believe. A lot of people run it regularly and it seems to be only a little less stable than regular releases (which tend to be *really* stable).

jduvall 07-03-2010 02:58 PM

Now out of these rolling distros which has a lot of documentation? I know Arch has a lot but I've found arch a little to razors edges for me

snowpine 07-03-2010 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by jduvall (Post 4023025)
How do you make crunch rolling? It seems based on ubuntu which is kinda anything but

CrunchBang switched to Debian Squeeze: http://crunchbanglinux.org/blog/2010...atler-alpha-2/

craigevil 07-03-2010 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by jduvall (Post 4023038)
Now out of these rolling distros which has a lot of documentation? I know Arch has a lot but I've found arch a little to razors edges for me

Arch or sidux.

sidux has a nice manual both online and as a package that can be installed. As well as a wiki.

jduvall 07-03-2010 06:37 PM

Thanks for everyones input I guess I'll give Arch a try again. It seems to have grown up a bit from the last time I used it

FredGSanford 07-03-2010 10:57 PM

I'm not sure if Crux Linux is considered a rolling-release but Arch was inspired by it. I'm thinking of giving Crux another shot after I build my new system. Also Crux doesn't have an x86-64 version yet.


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