Originally Posted by rng
I do not think it will create any flame war if you mention objective pros and cons.
The whole idea is to get a good, persistent, rolling-release Debian.
I read in a forum to have 'wheezy' in sources.list till it is stable, then wait for new testing to become somewhat stable and change over to 'testing' when you have some time to manage any errors/problems with switching. When new testing becomes frozen, again switch to its name and repeat the process. That way one can always stay with testing and have things under control.
You must not be a Linux flame war veteran.
Making sure Jessie runs after the impending large upgrade of packages when Wheezy goes stable is a good idea.
However. You won't know that is true with your install (packages that you have added) on your hardware until you do the upgrade.
A second, small install of Wheezy that has all your additions but basically no /home to speak of is a good way to know that if your main install of Wheezy is your production OS.
You said you tried Arch but it took too much manual interference to run it. I am not sure exactly what you meant by that but any rolling release is going to take a lot of administration on your part.
There is not going to be a rolling release based on Debian. That is because Debian is not a rolling release.
To have a rolling release the OS project has to be set up that way. You can make a snapshot type respin of a rolling release where the packages offered are "stable". You can't take a release set up like Debian and make a rolling release out of it.
I suppose you could come close to that with your own repo using Sid as a base and pulling in a lot of packages from the experimental repo but I doubt that it would ever be real reliable. It would also not be truly rolling as Sid is not.
It is basically in a freeze right now too. Right now it is home to, mainly, packages for bug fixes for Wheezy.
Basically either decide to use Debian for an entire cycle as that is the only way you will have any idea if it will suit you and your needs in an OS.
The people here in this section of LQ have, for the most part, made that decission based on themselves and their own need, or wants, from an OS. We can't make that choice for you.
You can either stick with it and find out how it works for you or keep hopping around and trying other distros.
If you have the drive space you can do both. But you are the only one that can determine what you want to use.
Distro Watch has hundreds listed and some info on every one of them. All Linux distros are not listed there. You can find more.
Have you run a search for rolling linux OS's? Might be a good place to start for you.