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Stability and cutting edge. Mutually conflicting, but we want it!

Posted 03-13-2013 at 04:22 AM by Randicus Draco Albus
Updated 03-13-2013 at 04:23 AM by Randicus Draco Albus

This is my first attempt to write a blog. I have never had an interest in doing such things, but the time has come to rant. For the last two years, I have seen posts on numerous fora by people looking for, or complaining because they cannot find, stability and cutting edge. There are two problems I do not understand:
1) The desire for SNS. Version 3.18 that was released three or four months ago is too old. I MUST have 3.19, and I MUST have it NOW! This growing trend of believing software is antiquated after a few months and ancient after a year is getting ridiculous. The other day, a new member on the biggest Debian forum was searching for a distribution that will allow him or her to install the very latest version of Gnome. The version is so new, that it has not yet been released! But this person wants it NOW! How ridiculous can SNS Syndrome get?

2) For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many people cannot understand that the newer software is, the more likely it will be to have bugs, and likewise, after software has aged a few months, (Yikes! Months!) the bugs will have been removed. (Hopefully, but that is another story.)

Which brings me back to the beginning. The desire for mutually conflicting characteristics of stability and cutting edge (SNS). It's driving me crazy. And there are those intrepid souls who insist on arguing that cutting edge can be bug-free, if they find the right distribution. That magical rolling release distro that has nothing older than a quarter of a year and not a single bug in sight. They know that system is out there somewhere, but they cannot find it, no matter how much distro-hopping they do. Did I mention it is driving me crazy?

There. First blog completed. Too bad it is a rant, but I am a cynical and bitter man.
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    I ran Ubuntu-testing for several cycles as my production OS. I am now on Sid.

    Going to be hard, not impossible by any means, to find more cutting edge than those.

    Anyone, expecting stability is simply nuts.

    What you wrote is not, to me, a rant. It is simply the truth that people want to have thier cake and eat it too. They really need to get a life.

    If you except Sid as being "cutting edge" then I actually do have cutting edge with stability. I have Wheezy installed on the other internal drive. Along with Squeeze.

    See, it can be done.
    Posted 01-14-2014 at 04:42 AM by widget widget is offline


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