K.S. Bhaskar on 16 Dec 2011 16:30:09 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Linux distributions without version upgrades

Thanks for the opinions and advice, all.

My first experiment - Sabayon Linux 7 AMD64 - was a bomb.  The live
DVD booted to give me my boot options, but failed to boot the KDE
desktop on a Dell m6600 laptop.  Asking it for the messages while
booting showed that it was in a permanent loop trying to run (or kill)
alsactl.  I tried booting without boot music with the same result.  On
an older laptop, the KDE desktop appeared to hang, but a Ctrl-Alt-Del
allowed it to finish booting into a KDE desktop.  The three fingered
salute did not work on the m6600.

-- Bhaskar

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM, K.S. Bhaskar <bhaskar@bhaskars.com> wrote:
> To break the twice a year song-and-dance of Ubuntu upgrades while
> retaining the ability to stay current with applications, I am
> considering switching to a Linux distro that doesn't need version
> upgrades. ÂMy choices seem to be:
> Debian Unstable - this would feel very comfortable because I am a
> long-time Debian / Ubuntu user and I am familiar with package
> management. ÂBut... Debian Unstable does temporarily break from time
> to time, and I am trying to find a slightly better balance between
> stability and life on the leading edge. ÂI suppose I could experiment
> with installing Debian on btrfs which would allow me to snapshot /
> rollback.
> Arch Linux
> Gentoo Linux (perhaps via Sabayon where I can validate hardware
> compatibility with a live DVD before I install).
> Any words of wisdom, advice and caution greatly appreciated. ÂThanks in advance.
> Note that Ubuntu upgrades are (usually) quite smooth. ÂIt's just that
> between home and work, I have multiple machines, and would like to
> simplify things.
> Regards
> -- Bhaskar
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