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Old 05-06-2015, 08:53 AM   #16
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Thanks for all your answers.

@Dman58: But Debian isn't a rolling release, isn't it? Is it possible to smoothly switch from one version to the next without reinstalling the whole OS?

@beachboy2: As far as I know Arch demands much Shell Script knowledge und many functions are only accessible via terminal, so it seems to be targeted at very advanced users with fast fingers and not a slow 2-finger typer like my humble self :-(
Would you still recommend it?
Pure Debian does roll over to the next version, and to the various point releases over the life of a particular "stable" version. This is not necessarily true for some of the "debian-based" distros out there, but for debian itself, yeah, even the stable rolls, just very slowly. you do get security fixes though. If stability is the goal, well, its tough to beat a pure debian stable installation.

The migration instructions to go from debian stable 7 to debian stable 8 are "apt-get dist-upgrade".
 
Old 05-06-2015, 05:04 PM   #17
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Yes, but getting a network connection in the first place can be tricky, especially if you are forced to use Wi-Fi.
If you do not have a network connection, Arch cannot be installed.

To bring up a wi-fi connection in the Arch live ISO, use:
Code:
wifi-menu
 
Old 05-06-2015, 05:09 PM   #18
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@Dman58: But Debian isn't a rolling release, isn't it? Is it possible to smoothly switch from one version to the next without reinstalling the whole OS?

@beachboy2: As far as I know Arch demands much Shell Script knowledge und many functions are only accessible via terminal, so it seems to be targeted at very advanced users with fast fingers and not a slow 2-finger typer like my humble self :-(
Would you still recommend it?
Debian sid is almost a rolling release (it stops rolling during the freeze leading up to the Stable release) -- it never has to be re-installed, just like Arch.

In my experience, Debian is more difficult to manage than Arch.

If you don't like using the terminal, Arch is not for you.
 
Old 05-07-2015, 07:57 AM   #19
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a2326,

As mentioned earlier Manjaro is an Arch derivative and it has a conventional (.iso via DVD or USB) installation process.

Why not install Manjaro now and get a feel for using and updating an Arch system?

Basically:

Code:
sudo pacman -Syu
for updating and also learn how to use the Arch Build System (ABS):

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Build_System


Then practise using nano, read the two tutorials plus the two Arch guides and when you are feeling more confident, have a go at installing Arch proper.

Manjaro info:
http://manjaro.github.io/about/

Download Manjaro Xfce:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/manjarolinux/files/
 
Old 05-07-2015, 08:40 AM   #20
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And don't forget about the Arch User Repository.
 
Old 05-07-2015, 12:19 PM   #21
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it was not very stable
total fallacy!!!

One of the best distros there ... almost the best !!!

... suspicious post ... forwardin to mint/debian developers...

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