[linux] Debian Install: 1 CD

Harry Edmon harry at atmos.washington.edu
Wed Sep 24 15:12:54 PDT 2003

The one problem we have found in Debian testing is very serious - they do NOT
put out security patches for testing. They actively put them in stable, and
they quickly appear in unstable, but you have to wait weeks for the unstable
versions to migrate to testing. This makes testing unusable in today's
environment without manually tacking bugs and hoping that the unstable package
will install in testing.

There are other problems with testing (no Gnome 2.2 for example). However, I do
like Debian, I just wish these problems could be fixed.

David Fetrow <fetrow at apl.washington.edu> wrote:


> > As for other OSs, I haven't had the chance to try Debian. I don't like

> > burning 6 CDs just to install an OS (even 3 CDs kinda sucks in my

> > opinion). However, maybe I should try it.... :)

> > --Doug


> One CD. You can (and probably should to get latest versions) pull the

> rest from the net automagically via dselect/apt if you have a fast

> connection. One CD installs enough to get the rest.



> Or Knoppix, 1 heavily compressed CD Debian live version with rather

> more than the basics....or ClusterKnoppix (same deal

> with OpenMosix clustering kernel)...or even Quantian

> which is simlar but has various stat and math software

> built in.


> There are three versions of standard Debian around at most times:


> stable boring, dated and reliable (currently 3.0 aka woody)

> ..only security updates.


> testing Not cutting edge but generally useable and stable

> especially towards the end of the cycle


> unstable Adventure with every update!


> When "testing" moves to "stable", "unstable" moves to "testing" and

> a new "unstable" makes its appearance.


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Dr. Harry Edmon E-MAIL: harry at atmos.washington.edu
206-543-0547 harry at u.washington.edu
Dept of Atmospheric Sciences FAX: 206-543-0308
University of Washington, Box 351640, Seattle, WA 98195-1640

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