LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian
User Name
Password
Debian This forum is for the discussion of Debian Linux.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-05-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
bspus
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: Greece
Distribution: Fedora
Posts: 45

Rep: Reputation: 15
What happens to Etch once Lenny becomes stable?


Though nobody will say when, with Lenny frozen for a few months now, it shouldn't be long before it becomes the new stable version.

I have an old (5-6 years) laptop and I was thinking of installing Etch on it, as i don't need it to be running the latest stuff, and Etch will probably be faster on it than Lenny, since it's almost 2 years old

I have no idea though what happens to the repositories of old stable debian versions. If I'm forced to upgrade within a few months I might as well go with Lenny from the start.

How long before the repositories die out (official as well as the multimedia one)?
I don't care about them getting updated, just there when I need them.
 
Old 12-05-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
rickh
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM USA
Distribution: Debian-Lenny/Sid 32/64 Desktop: Generic AMD64-EVGA 680i Laptop: Generic Intel SIS-AC97
Posts: 4,250

Rep: Reputation: 62
It becomes "oldstable" and will continue to be supported (with security related upgrades) for another 12-18 months.

Quote:
I might as well go with Lenny from the start.
Yes you should do that, and you will have a release supported for about 3 years.

Last edited by rickh; 12-05-2008 at 11:58 AM.
 
Old 12-06-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
jlinkels
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Bonaire, Leeuwarden
Distribution: Debian /Jessie/Stretch/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Posts: 5,190

Rep: Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037
Quote:
Originally Posted by bspus View Post
and Etch will probably be faster on it than Lenny, since it's almost 2 years old
Not so. Lenny has several speed improvements over Etch. This is not the other OS where each release needs more processor power and memory.

There is also no speed penalty for dist-upgrading versus clean install. Once dist-upgraded the system is as clean as after a new install. There is no registry which get more loaded and slower with each update.

Beware of KDE4 tough, that seems to be a resource hog, but it won't appear in Lenny.

jlinkels
 
Old 12-07-2008, 02:10 AM   #4
bspus
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: Greece
Distribution: Fedora
Posts: 45

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlinkels View Post
Not so. Lenny has several speed improvements over Etch. This is not the other OS where each release needs more processor power and memory.

There is also no speed penalty for dist-upgrading versus clean install. Once dist-upgraded the system is as clean as after a new install. There is no registry which get more loaded and slower with each update.

Haha, I was not thinking of windows. My linux experience over the last 4 years comes mostly from fedora, which I have found to become ever more bloated with every new release while not getting all that better.

I only tried debian a couple of months ago and wish I had done so sooner. I'll stick with stable though. I put Etch on it now. Once Lenny is stable it will go on the desktop and I'll consider upgrading the laptop.


Quote:
Originally Posted by jlinkels View Post
Beware of KDE4 tough, that seems to be a resource hog, but it won't appear in Lenny.
Thankfully, I'm a gnome guy
 
Old 12-07-2008, 08:38 AM   #5
rickh
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM USA
Distribution: Debian-Lenny/Sid 32/64 Desktop: Generic AMD64-EVGA 680i Laptop: Generic Intel SIS-AC97
Posts: 4,250

Rep: Reputation: 62
Quote:
I don't care about them getting updated, just there when I need them.
...
I'll stick with stable though. I put Etch on it now. Once Lenny is stable it will go on the desktop and I'll consider upgrading the laptop.
You do whatever seems necessary, but Testing is a far superior branch for the average home/hobbyist desktop user. OTOH, if you're not planning on upgrading regularly, you obviously don't much give a damn anyway. No matter what distribution or release you are using, it should get a complete upgrade at least monthly, better weekly.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whats your stable /etc/apt/sources.list for testing/lenny debian ? frenchn00b Debian 6 11-03-2008 11:17 AM
Lenny stable? texasone Debian 2 08-17-2008 01:09 PM
Need a downgrade from etch/stable to sarge/stable raven Debian 2 06-08-2007 09:43 PM
from Etch testing to Etch stable, or to Lenny Perquisitor Debian 7 04-13-2007 03:27 PM
update Debian testing etch RC1 to etch stable cccc Debian 11 01-08-2007 10:02 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:32 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration