What to do about the Narwhal

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What are you gonna do about the Narwhal?

Upgrade - I'm looking forward to it!
2
13%
Try it and revert if I don't like it
4
27%
Stick with my current version for as long as possible
5
33%
Jump ship - plenty of other distros out there
4
27%
 
Total votes : 15

Postby khakilang » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:09 am

I will try it and see how it help me on my day to day computing and if I don't like I still have 10.04 or 10.10 and also all the Distro DVD that come together with Linux Format magazine. Its a matter of choice.
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Postby Marrea » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:17 pm

nelz wrote:Then don't. Use a distro that provides rolling upgrades, rather than expecting you to repeatedley reinstall.

I'm not sure currently which distros they would be. Gentoo and Debian? Any others? I could live with Debian but I'm not keen on Gentoo.

What I'm referring to is the way we are constantly bombarded with references to the "latest and greatest" version of Ubuntu/SuSE/Fedora/Mint/Mandriva/whatever. The desperation many people seem to have to download the newest version the minute it is released. "Just getting it now on the torrent as we speak." "Will get it installed tonight."

I've no sooner become settled with Lucid when all of a sudden Natty is upon us (you'll notice I've completely missed Maverick in the rush). It's hard not to get caught up in all the excitement and you somehow feel deprived if you don't upgrade like everyone else. :roll:
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Postby Dutch_Master » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:35 pm

As Debian user, I couldn't care less about what release-schedules other "main-stream" distro's have, nor the hype they create for themselves... ;) If one uses the Testing branch of Debian, although chances of something breaking are higher then the Stable version, many report no issues at all. Testing is a more-or-less rolling release (unless during the freeze when the new Stable is being launched) but if you're not happy updating regularly (you should anyway ;)) then stick to Stable. That only gets security updates and once in a while a new release. :)
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Postby PCNetSpec » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:19 pm

Mint have been doing a Debian based rolling release for a while now.

Linux Mint Debian Edition:
http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

Debian but with a bit of Mint's polish.
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Postby ajgreeny » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:02 pm

Helowge said
I have used Ubuntu since 7.10 and had planned on sticking. It's been 10.10 and 11.04 that have changed that. 10.10 hated my ATI graphics card, whereas 10.04 just worked. How can they upgrade and break something so simple AND STILL fail to fix it after 3 months. Surely they could find a way to revert...

I have been using Ubuntu since 5.04, and all was well until 9.10 which would not run on my old ATI card, the 9200SE I mentioned earlier, without disabling compiz, reducing resolution or running at 16 bit colour. !0.04 was better in some respects but desktop rendering was poor using the standard kernel, however an update to a newer kernel using a ppa has overcome that, and now 10.04 is as good as 10.10, which now, after fully updating is really good.

My point? A version upgrade is not always better, but also not always worse, as apparently has been the case for helowge. Everything, as always, depends on hardware!
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Postby heiowge » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:29 pm

Maybe it's because my netbook (10.10) is only a couple of years old, whereas my desktop still has DDR1 RAM.

Hopefully I can change that soon...
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Postby nelz » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:58 pm

That's just how I feel Marrea, which is why I've been using the same distro for years and never reinstalled. I use Gentoo, but I was thinking of something like Debian, or the Debian-based Mint when I wrote that.

Even Mandrake, bless 'em, used to provide a rolling update system. To me, it doesn't make sense to get things set up just the way you want, only to have to reinstall and do it all again.
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Postby Marrea » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:19 pm

nelz wrote:I use Gentoo, but I was thinking of something like Debian, or the Debian-based Mint when I wrote that.

I think Gentoo would be a step too far for me, but Debian (which I have used before and fortunately could never have that dreadfully inappropriate and over-used adjective "awesome" applied to it :) ) or Linux Mint Debian might suit. I am slightly concerned about the stability of the latter though.

nelz wrote:To me, it doesn't make sense to get things set up just the way you want, only to have to reinstall and do it all again.

Precisely - and sometimes you find you can't actually set things up in the new version in exactly the same way as they were in the previous one. :wink:
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Postby leke » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:04 pm

Hell, I'm going to a least see what it is before I make the decision to reject it or not.
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Postby paulm » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:50 pm

:twisted: I think the survey should have included another category - haven't used any form of 'buntu in years and don't intend changing any time soon.....

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Postby nelz » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:46 pm

The poll is aimed at Ubuntu users.


How many Ubuntu users don't use Ubuntu?
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Postby leke » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:51 pm

nelz wrote:
The poll is aimed at Ubuntu users.


How many Ubuntu users don't use Ubuntu?
Do LinuxMint users count?
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Postby towy71 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:18 pm

leke wrote:
nelz wrote:
The poll is aimed at Ubuntu users.


How many Ubuntu users don't use Ubuntu?
Do LinuxMint users count?
nope :P
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