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Old 05-18-2005, 04:07 PM   #1
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Difference between 10.1 and current distro?

What is the difference between Slackware 10.1 and current?

Is 10.1 the stable version, and current a testing or am I wrong??

How are the experienced users maintaining their system? with Swaret? or just downloading manually and compiling?

I am a newbie in Slack, but I like it already, but I do not use Swaret or something else to maintaini it.

Old 05-18-2005, 04:11 PM   #2
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current is simply more current.. there's some stuff in it that kinda doesn't work. but for the most part it works fairly well.

but anything that is for testing.. goes in /testing.
Old 05-18-2005, 08:45 PM   #3
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Talk of "stable" and "current" had me confused at first as well.

As I understand it, stable is a major release (10.0, 10.1 etc) at a point where Patrick is happy that everything works well together. This is then only extended with updated packages where there are security issues.

If a Current installation started from the same point, say 10.1, then it would have been extended with the same security updates as a Stable version, plus other additional packages.

The differences between the ChangeLogs will show you the additional packages in Current.

One could say that a release is when Stable catches up with Current.

I'm not an experienced Slackware user but as I run a Stable installation, I manually download then use kpackager in KDE to remove old and install new packages.


Old 05-18-2005, 09:18 PM   #4
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i use slackpkg to keep my slack current. it's available in the extras folder.

i check the changelogs to see whats been updated, and if it applies to me, i'll use slackpkg to download and install it. make sure tho that you read the changelogs, otherwise it's possible to break something (like my sound) which i had to go back and fix. as long as you read and understand what the packages being upgraded are, you'll be ok.
Old 05-18-2005, 10:58 PM   #5
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I don't think that anything unstable is released knowingly into "current", but accidents can happen.

The main issue is that as "stable" gets older, the size of the update to current grows.
Secondly some packages like KDE seem to leave garbage around when upgrading major revisions like 3.3.x to 4.0. It is better to install clean


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