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Old 05-23-2005, 05:04 AM   #1
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Why - bleeding edge SW

I see that lots of people run after bleeding edge SW. I can see that Ubuntu release takes most recent packages only few weeks after they had been released.

I remember I've taken testing CD set and there was Gnome 2.6 after few weeks I wanted to add some CDs and had to download later CDs - and so I had to upgrade to Gnome 2.8... And I've asked myself - what is the difference!!!!!! I allmost can't find?

Why do you prefere to take a risk and upgrade versions to latest version when you have stable working system... What do you gain?

Is it reasonable to take 2.10 Gnome and KDE 3.4 when they are not stable enough? Even desktop system have to work smoothly.
Old 05-23-2005, 05:22 AM   #2
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because its fun to break and fix it

PS: I have no life
Old 05-23-2005, 05:30 AM   #3
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If you don't put the latest which could be the greatest some people will complain. If you put the latest which is still buggy, guys will still complain anyway.

Some can't stand not running up2date software, let'em be and enjoy the stability of your software/distro. Some distros do care about their users.

Running the unstable branch of Debian is a choice and one has to accept the consequences and the meaning of that.

If ubuntu is stable enough i guess it is ok!

Old 05-23-2005, 05:34 AM   #4
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some people like running the latest version of an application because it might have better support for there configuration or they are like musicman_ace and like trying to break software.
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Testers are always needed - them what live on the edge do everyone a service.
Old 05-24-2005, 12:40 AM   #6
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if your not a tester or file dont file bug reports...don't know. Productivity is kind of boring to talk about in irc I guess.
Old 05-24-2005, 01:16 AM   #7
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Originally posted by musicman_ace
because its fun to break and fix it

PS: I have no life
Thats the fun of running Sid. I find with apt-listbugs I have very few issues. The only problem I have run into so far was trying to use Enlightenment for some reason it doesn't like me. Gnome and KDE both work fine. I am one of those people that installs and uninstalls packages on an almost daily basis.
Old 05-24-2005, 11:27 AM   #8
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I've yet to see a real problem with SID. It showed a few error messages for something I didn't use anyway and everything still worked. And yes I was using it before the package freeze for sarge. Don't use apt listbugs. It's not as unstable as most people think it is.


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