Rev for Linux (was Re: iPadding around?)

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at
Tue Feb 2 18:34:53 EST 2010

The way you do Debian is, you stick with Stable, just getting the security
and occasional really major application updates, for around 2 years.  This
is done with 

     apt-get update
     apt-get upgrade

I do this every few months, and you get the base system and also the
packages updated.  Also the packages, notice.  Warren Woodford noticed this
with some surprise a bit ago, when Mepis moved.

Then, when what is now Testing becomes the new Stable, you upgrade the
distribution as a whole

     apt-get update
     apt-get dist-upgrade

You do this every couple of years.

Debian is very different from Ubuntu.  They both use apt for package
management, they both are based on the base Debian packages.  But take a
look at exactly what gets updated, when and how, and where it comes from. 
There was a reason why Mepis left Ubuntu and went back to Debian.  Find out
about it.  I'm not just fulminating.  Or connipting either!

The idea some people advocate here, that Rev should somehow standardize on
Ubuntu, or that the world should for that matter, is a misunderstanding of
Linux, and its also just plain wrong about the standing of Ubuntu as a

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