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Old 07-30-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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The state of Lenny


Given that it's now four months since Etch was released, is it "safe" to move the repositories over to Lenny?

I use Debian on a spare hard drive as a desktop environment, and like the idea of GNOME 2.18 and keeping up to date. Testing seems to be a good space for desktop users.

Is it good to go?

Thanks for your views.
 
Old 07-30-2007, 08:04 AM   #2
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Lenny has been safe since Day 1. If your PC is a standalone desktop, or part of a small Home network, your sources.list should point to "testing" rather than "Lenny" so that when Lenny goes Stable, you'll move right into the new Testing release.
 
Old 07-30-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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Thanks Rickh for the quick reply.

I had seen advice here, to give testing a break for a couple of months to allow the repositories to settle, hence the question.

I have a spare HD crying out for something to be installed, and Lenny is probably it. Although being a cautious soul, most Slackers are, I'll leave it at Lenny rather than testing. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey.

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Old 07-30-2007, 08:30 AM   #4
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Although being a cautious soul, most Slackers are,...
You certainly need to decide for yourself, how to administer your systems, but I encourage home/hobbyist users to run, not only Testing, but to mix in a few key applications from Unstable (Sid) as well. Gnome 2.18 is a typical example of such a project. I installed that to my "safe" (mostly Lenny) system a few weeks after it was moved to Sid, and while some flaky issues do arise, there has been nothing that threatened the overall integrity of the system.

Deciding to run a mixed Lenny/Sid system does require some careful management, but you already have your ultimately stable setup with Slack. Maybe you could consider a really wild and crazy one to play around with.

There is a right way to set up a mixed system, and for Lenny/Sid I have described it in this howto. ...but, all that said, I think you will certainly have no problems at all with stability on a pure Testing (Lenny) system.

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Old 07-30-2007, 09:22 AM   #5
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I dunno about testing, he is running a Really old system, which Testing/unstable seem to work excellent on newer hardware, their compatibility with older systems isnt as good. Its fine if you know how to troubleshoot problems, but if not it may be a headache.
 
Old 07-30-2007, 10:41 AM   #6
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Once again, thanks Rickh for the excellent advice. Wild and crazy - now there's an idea...

@Zaskar, I'm not sure if you were referring to my old system, but I'm on a P4 2.4GHz with 1GB RAM, plenty HD space - only my 64MB nVidia GeForce4 MX 440-SE let's the side down...

Regards,

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Old 07-30-2007, 10:48 AM   #7
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I have Lenny on an 800Mhz P3, something like 20 gig harddrive, 64 meg graphics, 384 megs ram. It can't really handle compiz smoothly, but that isn't a big deal.

Moral: Old machines can handle testing.
 
Old 07-30-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
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My only recommendation when running testing or unstable is to install apt-listbugs, and review the known bugs prior to accepting each upgrade. apt-listbugs runs automatically when you do a aptitude upgrade.

aptitude install apt-listbugs

Enjoy !
 
Old 07-30-2007, 01:31 PM   #9
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My bad, musta confused this thread with one about a guy asking if it would work with his older system.

BTW though, anyone know if the Kernels that come with lenny have support for older Adaptec SCSI cards? as far as i remember the 2.6 kernels in etch diddnt (but do in Ubuntu)

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Old 08-02-2007, 06:51 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by farslayer
My only recommendation when running testing or unstable is to install apt-listbugs, and review the known bugs prior to accepting each upgrade. apt-listbugs runs automatically when you do a aptitude upgrade.

aptitude install apt-listbugs

Enjoy !
Duly noted, with thanks.

Now running Lenny on a spare HD, having wiped Fedora 7.

"Ratpoison" also installed - kind regards again rickh!

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Old 08-03-2007, 12:41 PM   #11
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My bad, musta confused this thread with one about a guy asking if it would work with his older system.

BTW though, anyone know if the Kernels that come with lenny have support for older Adaptec SCSI cards? as far as i remember the 2.6 kernels in etch diddnt (but do in Ubuntu)
Lenny has support for mine ... but I don't know what you mean by old. I have an Adaptec 29160N but I'm not sure if you that is what you mean by old.

Have Fun!
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:24 AM   #12
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How about a Plll 667MHz IBM 300PL? I'm running Etch on this unit. Will Lenny function without hiccups on this PC?
 
Old 08-07-2007, 03:26 AM   #13
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How about a Plll 667MHz IBM 300PL? I'm running Etch on this unit. Will Lenny function without hiccups on this PC?
It will works without any hiccups , I am running Lenny on PII, 350 M, 128 MB of memory. Simply, it works

Regards
 
Old 08-07-2007, 08:24 AM   #14
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It will works without any hiccups , I am running Lenny on PII, 350 M, 128 MB of memory. Simply, it works

Regards
Cool! Thanks for the reply:-) Good to know:-)
 
Old 08-10-2007, 05:21 PM   #15
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After reading this thread, I decided to go for it and have just successfully upgraded to testing .
~$ cat etc/debian_version gives the version I am running as "lenny/sid" so I assume some packages have been pulled from unstable. Looks like rickh's how-to is going to come in handy
 
  


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