[lug] Using Debian

John Hernandez John.Hernandez at noaa.gov
Mon Oct 7 11:33:15 MDT 2002

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I'm a RH user, but have often contemplated trying Debian.  One thing
that has held me back to some extent is that I'm not sure if it's easy
to find new software pre-packaged in apt (.deb?) format.  Is that what
the "unstable" repository is all about?  If it provides relatively new
software, how far behind does it tend to be, and is it fairy
comprehensive compared to, say, rpmfind?

Some explanation of stable vs unstable and debian versioning in general
might be helpful to me.  For example, does a stable update ever involve
a software version change, or do they only backport security-related

Does apt-get allow interactive choice between stable and newer
(presumably unstable) packages if your sources list includes both?

Also, if I have robust 'net connectivity here, is a network (ftp, http)
install from a nearby mirror reasonable, or should I download (iso's?)
and go from there?

David Morris wrote:
| every way than RedHat.  And for all those that tout the
| benefits of other package management systems than apt-get, I
| can only guess they haven't tried apt-get as I have yet to
| find a single comparison (objective or otherwise) that could
| truthfully say there is a better package mangement system
| than apt-get.
| --David

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