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Old 06-04-2014, 06:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by s.verma View Post
I have switched to Gentoo now. Let me find out how much I can do with it.
The files/directories you should learn about to achieve your goal are /etc/portage/package.mask (for preventing packages to upgrade) and /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords (if you want to upgrade your applications to the latest version).
Old 06-04-2014, 07:23 AM   #17
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Linux is "open source" so users have 100% total freedom to install whatever application versions they desire. You can always go to an application's website and follow their instructions to install the latest version (just like in Windows).

My personal solution is to use Mint LTS with PPA's of my favorite apps. I find this is a good compromise for my needs.

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:51 AM   #18
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I could probably go into pacman.conf and block core system packages but that's almost sure to cause breakage, probably not immediately but it would eventually. Really this sounds like a recipe for an unstable system unless it's just one or two programs that need to stay absolutely current. Too many things have too many dependencies that need to stay up-to-date with the SW being installed. Maybe running that SW in a BSD type jail/Linux container would be best.

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Old 06-30-2014, 03:59 AM   #19
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Gentoo review:
I really liked the way Gentoo do the things.

First of all Gentoo package versions are usually kept at Long term support version,
Then there is a slot system, which deals with version compatibility between different dependencies,
Thus system remains stable as well as quite up to date without having always latest version of everything.

Also Gentoo release Security advisories, that may be used to see which package suffers from security flaw, hence I can only update package when it is necessary for security fix. Also e.g.
Recently, after syncing emerge, a message I got about security vulnerability in vlc media player which I have installed, it says that vlc version have been masked and I should update it. I liked this informative feature of Gentoo portage.
Does Gentoo always mask security vulnerable packages like this?

I also liked the way its USE flags work, so I can select what features I want to compile, although no performance gain was seen by such kind of native compilation.


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