Why it’s a bad idea to use Debian Sid for daily use

August 17, 2008

throughout my experience with Debian Sid (nearly a year now), at least I had three show-stoppers. One was a serious package management conflict that required manual hacks to solve. The second one was a complex Xorg breakage that required 2 hours of work to fix. and the last one was yesterday when I was unable to bootup the new installed kernel 2.6.26-1-686

Here is nice screenshot for those who have never seen Linux kernel crash. It’s rare to happen. In 4 years, I’ve only seen it once and it was due to hardware failure.

I’m not going to be defensive, but the Kernel crash you are going to see has nothing to do with the quality of the Kernel itself but it shows what can happen when distro maintainers start to mess with things 🙂

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2 Responses to “Why it’s a bad idea to use Debian Sid for daily use”

  1. von Praunheim Says:

    It’s interesting what you say given the hype currently surrounding sidux, as presumably the showstoppers you describe would equally afflict it, assuming sidux’s developers don’t spot them in sufficient time to block the fatal updates using smxi.

  2. Jack Says:

    > it shows what can happen when distro maintainers start to mess with things 🙂

    or, maybe, when bloggers don’t read the abundance of warnings and documentation on the debian site and elsewhere regarding the purpose of the unstable branch.


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