rolling release distributions
rolling release distributionsis to do mixed feelings. On one hand, it sounds great to be always with the updated software as it exits, or almost, without the need to reinstall the system with each new release. It’s tricky issue comes when, after comfort , other aspects come into play as easily , stability or reliability . What weighs more?
There are still many users of GNU / Linux that are believed to Arch Linux-to put the most popular example, is an unstable distribution, precisely because of its rolling release quality . And the truth is that some of it is. While Linux-Arch updates usually consist -stable versions only , these, too, usually are published almost immediately upon release, so that the process test is significantly lower than the GNU / Linux traditional.
But beware, because the same “instability” you can find updated GNOME or KDE on Arch Linux so in openSUSE or Fedora via extra repositories. As much as the developers have tested their creations before releasing a new version is more than possible, probable errors arise. Proof of this are maintenance releases that follow each major release.
And conversely distributions like Debian, more conservative with software loaded to maintain system stability can drag and errors have been fixed later. As you can see, it is a simple matter, but the prevailing attitude, at least in production environments , is that it is better to deal with a few small errors known to face developments can break everything.
In short, if you want the best guarantee of stability, better known old new to go.
doubts that may arise to the user to make the leap to a rolling release is the ease of installation and administration of these systems. Putting again the example of Arch Linux, is well known for its reputation distro experienced users , not experts. Although, as usual, is not so fierce as they paint the lion.
Install Arch Linux is, depending on the connection speed matter a while (ponle half hour or an hour), counting the installation of the base system and the desktop environment you choose, as you have to download it all in the process. Touch you take a look at the wiki of the project if it catches you new? Possibly, but to read and put some desire, not need any more.
Once installed the system and the applications you see fit, it’s so easy to maintain and run a command via console once a week. So I spent my two years without the slightest problem. Did I get lucky? Because you hear a lot that “last update left me X”, etc.. Do not go into this, but if yours is the law of least effort or you’re just not the work of wasting time in solving this kind of thing , it is clear that Arch Linux is not for you .
If, however, you want to start learning Linux and you’re not afraid of setbacks, the distro Arch Linux is ideal for these purposes: the balance between the “do it yourself” and ease, combined with the incredible your wiki, are perfect.
However, this section deals with ease and rolling release , not from Arch Linux, and there are other distributions that will make things much easier all. The question is then, are they legit?
If you are interested to make the leap to a rolling release system but you want it all thoroughly chewed, someone who cares about you of potential problems that may arise, there are alternatives that will make you more grace . One of them, of which we hear a lot these days, is Manjaro, which yesterday launched new version. But how reliable is Manjaro? Everything depends on what we consider reliability.
When we choose to use a distribution in front of another, there are several factors to take into consideration, but few people still in question as important as security . Consider: when you install Arch Linux, you you choose the components of your system. In contrast, in the main distributions targeted to the end user, there is a team of experts handles these things (for installing extensions corresponding SELinux, AppArmor is installed and set up, etc.). Can you be sure that a small team like Manjaro does the same? I tell you I do not.
normal because guys enough Manjaro have to strive to offer a product that claims to be friendly from the start, and indeed are doing a great job, I tell you that too. And of course, this is not going to attack Manjaro, which I’ve only taken as an example for that is gaining popularity lately.
could talk about other projects rolling release based on older distributions, but the downside Manjaro posed here is how spartan their base, Arch Linux. That is, its developers what aspects are more crude than other distros based on Ubuntu or Debian have covered beforehand.
And how you can find out the ordinary user of these things? Seeking information for yourself, obviously, which twists a friendly spirit both purporting to show rolling release distributions as Manjaro, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS or the latest SolydXK, which we will discuss whether or in these pages by how interesting your approach (there is an outstanding account of SolydXK, because it promises much if it goes well).
could go on, but I think there’s plenty for today. The purpose of this entry is not far from discrediting the constant updating system or rolling release , not least because, personally, I think that is the ideal, but still it has not been polished sufficient as for the general public to join him with all guarantees. In any case, there is no such term as “all the guarantees” on this software, so here is the article, in case anyone can help.