I had a revelation!
after trying out all kinds of "lightweight" or "minimalistic" linux distros, i installed tangostudio, based on ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
that was mainly because i want to create music with it; however, i find the overall impression very pleasing and am using it as my main installation now!
it's fast, functional, not too minimalistic. it feels very sturdy.
also i found out that the 2.6.xxxx kernel does everything i need and seems to work even better than a new kernel on my ~5 year old laptop.
the question is:
iirc, long term support for this ubuntu version will run out this year april?
what's the scenario after that? will i be able to use this stable, no-nonsense gnome desktop in the future? without losing touch to the present reality?
can i upgrade somehow to a higher version, again without losing the present setup (plain gnome, 2.6.xxx kernel)?
for example, i would really like to use gimp 2.8.
also my browser should be capable of playing all sorts of content (flash....).
on a related note, there's a few things i appreciate a lot in debian, one being iceweasel & icedove, the compatible equivalents to firefox and thunderbird.
is it possible to somehow enable debian repositories without losing the integrity of my packet management?
maybe there's a ppa dedicated to integrating debian-specific apps to ubuntu?
an internet search gave me this:
Adding Debian Sid as Package Repository? - Ask Ubuntu
- which basically says don't do it.
package management - How do I enable the "backports" repository? - Ask Ubuntu
- which did not help with either iceweasel or gimp.
thanks for reading, i hope someone takes an interest.
ps: no info regarding this on the tangostudio website.