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Old 05-19-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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Using Ubuntu, interested in Sarge; should I wait for the release?

I'm very green at Linux, starting only a few months ago. My interest, however, is great, and I'm really looking for a strong, fast, and efficient distribution. I've been using (K)Ubuntu for my entire Linux experience thus far, and while I enjoy it, I find it's not what I expected from Linux. It crashes occasionally, locking up especially after my computer has been on for only a day or two. I've also noticed instability with the integration of KDE 3.4 in Kubuntu, and various other things that bother me. I love, however, the apt-get function, and thus am drawn to Debian. I'd like to netinst Sarge, and am wondering whether I should wait until the release (30 May?), or whether it would be okay now. Any advice?
Old 05-19-2005, 01:47 AM   #2
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it doesnt matter. U can install Sarge now and on 30th May, just run "apt-get upgrade" to get the latest changes. Such ease of upgrade is only possible with Apt.
Old 05-19-2005, 08:32 AM   #3
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No problem, you can go for the change now. Just get the Sarge netinstall CD. The installation is very similar to Ubuntu, a few more questions though. After completing the installation change "testing" to "sarge" in /ect/apt/sources.list. This way you will stay with "sarge", no matter if it's still "testing" or "stable" already!
then type as root:

apt-get update


apt-get dist-upgrade

I do that more or less everytime I boot my PC.
I prefer "dist-upgrade" over "upgrade" because some packages can have new dependecies and they get solved this way. See
this page for details.
Old 05-20-2005, 04:31 AM   #4
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It crashes occasionally, locking up especially after my computer has been on for only a day or two.
Ubuntu is on the bleeding-edge of Debian. Though Ubuntu is very new, it is unstable.
I recommend MEPIS which is something like Ubuntu and more stable.
The website is as followed
Old 05-20-2005, 05:50 AM   #5
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Go for Sarge, it's very reliable and if you don't like such or such
desktop or window manager, Debian allows you to try them all easily.
Just make sure you run aptitude to install (my opinion).
Old 05-20-2005, 08:03 AM   #6
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No reason to wait, but you should know how to use APT and vi.
Vi Basics

You do know that once you have installed Debian you will only have the base system, no X, no desktop environment?

But it's easy to install those, for example when I install X and GNOME I do:
apt-get install x-window-system gnome gdm

And then install a bunch of other packages on top of that, you will also need to install ALSA if you want something better then OSS for sound. And you need to configure/install some stuff to get automatic mounting of USB sticks.


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