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Old 06-06-2018, 04:56 AM   #1
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Static versus Rolling releases?


Why choose one over the other, static versus rolling releases? How does a rolling release compare with a static one for cleaning away bugs and cookies?

Upgrading a rolling release is like updating a static one? Downloading updates?
 
Old 06-06-2018, 05:12 AM   #2
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I'm lazy, so I prefer stable/static releases.
A stable release will usually only get security updates, whereas a rolling release might get new versions of software just for the sake of it.
 
Old 06-06-2018, 05:28 AM   #3
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Why choose one over the other, static versus rolling releases? How does a rolling release compare with a static one for cleaning away bugs and cookies?

Upgrading a rolling release is like updating a static one? Downloading updates?
In general, the advantage to a rolling release is that you never need to reload it. EVERY update is incremental forever. With a static distriution all minor updates can be done in-place, but major updates require a reload (or as major an operation).

There is nothing innate that makes one more or less stable than the other, although many rolling release distributions ARE less stable because they selected the rolling model to always have the cutting-edge packages. Key factors are not the update model, but the objectives and resources of the maintainers.
 
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also, this - https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...os-4175629810/
 
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That was a good discussion, but to be clear: there is nothing about rolling release the implies automatic updates. That is a choice, not a characteristic.
 
  


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