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    Question Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    I am looking for a rolling release distro based on Debian. I hate the 6 month release cycle of Ubuntu, as well as the 10 year (ok a bit exaggerated) release cycle of Debian. So I wanted something I don't have to reload every 6 months for the latest stuff, and that keeps relatively up to date packages in the repos.

    I think Debian Sid (unstable branch) is a rolling release, but I have heard that the system can be unstable due to the nature of the package updates. Also, it says on their website that Sid isn't supported by the security team, which is concerning.

    There is also Sidux, but this in theory has the same problems as Debian Sid, as that is what it is based on.


    So does anyone know of a Debian based rolling release distro?
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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Debian testing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Debian testing?
    Don't you mean sidux?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidux

    Besides that, no, there are none that I know of.

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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    No I mean the testing branch of Debian. http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/

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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psumi View Post
    Don't you mean sidux?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidux

    Besides that, no, there are none that I know of.
    no, i'm pretty sure he means Debian Testing. like he said.

    debian has stable, testing, and unstable versions. if i'm not mistaken, both testing and unstable are rolling release. think of testing as being like a current ubuntu release and stable as being more like an LTS. that's not quite how it works with debian, but it's close enough for a simple explanation.

    sidux is based on debian unstable (sid) and the idea is that they have made it safe to use. i've never used it, so i don't know how true that is.
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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Basically, Debian testing is probably going to be the most stable rolling release you're going to find anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psumi View Post
    Don't you mean sidux?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidux

    Besides that, no, there are none that I know of.
    sidux rocks. I've been using it for about 2 years now. I got tired of updating every six months and I wanted software as it was released. Every now and then your experience a snag but some Linux know how will provide a work around until a fix is released by the sidux team. The latest was the new release of Xorg... HAL now handles input devices while your xorg.conf only configures your video...
    Last edited by walkerk; January 19th, 2010 at 05:39 PM.

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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Quote Originally Posted by walkerk View Post
    sidux rocks. I've been using it for about 2 years now...
    Does anyone read the OP before posting?

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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Basically, Debian testing is probably going to be the most stable rolling release you're going to find anyways.
    If you know what you are doing it should work very well. If you don`t, expect problems.

    If you want an easy rolling release distro with Gnome, perhaps this is a better one, though not based on Debian: http://linuxgator.org/home/index.html
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    Re: Any Debian Based Rolling Release Distros?

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Basically, Debian testing is probably going to be the most stable rolling release you're going to find anyways.
    Meh. Rolling releases are just that, sooner or later you need brains to fix something. There isn't much of a hierarchy of "stable" in rolling releases.
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