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    Lightbulb rolling release debian based os

    just looking for something to mess around with. can anyone recommend a rolling release debian based linux distro. any flavor fine. tks

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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    Linux Mint Debian Edition may be what you're after.

    http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2577
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    Re: rolling release debian based os

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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    If you mean rolling as in "Doesn't have distinct releases, but is just constantly upgraded over time", then try SolydXK. I've been playing with it lately, and it's pretty solid. They do quarterly update packs to keep it fresh, and the "home" edition is based on Debian Testing.

    Now, if you mean rolling as in "Always gets the latest software as it becomes available", a la Arch, that doesn't exist in Debian due to the way Debian's repositories work. Closest you can get is to run Sid with the experimental repository enabled. There always seems to be at least one Sid-based distro around, but I don't know what the current ones are.

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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    How 'bout Debian Sid?
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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    I am on what I think will be a Ubuntu rolling development release. It is trusty tahr with the repositories renamed from trusty to devel with this command.

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    sudo sed -i 's/trusty/devel/g' /ect/apt/sources.list
    Now I wait to see if daily updates will roll this installation from Trusty Tahr development to <Uname> development. I think that this is the closest we are going to get to a Ubuntu rolling release.

    I do get some errors when I update because some of the usual repositories do not exist as devel repositories. If using software Updater never accept the offer to run a partial upgrade. Always click continue and the update will take place as normal. This is what I see when I run the update using apt-get

    Err http://extras.ubuntu.com devel/main Sources
    404 Not Found
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com devel-security/main Sources
    Err http://extras.ubuntu.com devel/main amd64 Packages
    404 Not Found
    Err http://extras.ubuntu.com devel/main i386 Packages
    404 Not Found
    W: Conflicting distribution: http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com devel Release (expected devel but got trusty)
    W: Conflicting distribution: http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com devel-updates Release (expected devel-updates but got trusty)
    W: Conflicting distribution: http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com devel-backports Release (expected devel-backports but got trusty)
    W: Conflicting distribution: http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com devel-proposed Release (expected devel-proposed but got trusty)
    W: Conflicting distribution: http://security.ubuntu.com devel-security Release (expected devel-security but got trusty)
    W: Failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dist...source/Sources 404 Not Found
    W: Failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dist...amd64/Packages 404 Not Found
    W: Failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dist...-i386/Packages 404 Not Found
    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


    The error messages can be ignored or we can edit the sources.list to direct apt-get to look for trusty repositories instead of the missing ones.

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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    SolydXK that has a great debian based Xfce & KDE version. As well as a Business and Back Office versions.
    The nice thing I like about Debian based is a rolling release so no more Clean installs every 6 months or borked dist-upgrades.

    Been on the KDE version of SolydXK and it even comes in pretty light at 287mb to desktop and that is with all the bells & whistles.
    And Xfce is even lighter. Been doing updates based on Testing branch since Aug 2013 with zero issues and zero need to do a complete reinstall. And SolydXK does quarterly with next one on Apr. 15th. Which is based on Testing branch and end up with pretty fresh kernel desktop and apps.
    Steam,PlayonLinux and Codecs installed by default.

    Linux Action Show just did a review on it giving it thumbs up.

    So for me it's near perfect fit for me. Take a look may be what you need? If not good luck as sure you will find what fits your needs.
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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    @grahammechanical: recently, Mark Shuttleworth did mention that once convergence took place (probably by 14.10 or no later then 15.04)...that they would consider replacing the 6 month releases with a sort of semi-rolling release...a stable ubuntu core that would get newer apps, and i guess kernels when they are stable and ready for release...much in the same way that say, an android device gets updated versions of stuff automatically...

    Of course...he has said things like this before...though this time he sounded a bit more serious about it...

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    Re: rolling release debian based os

    Probably the easiest way is to install Solydxk and change sources directly to Debian Testing or to Sid/Unstable if you want to live a bit more dangerously. Or you could grab a snapshot of Debian Testing from Debian and run that or distribution-upgrade it to Sid.

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    SolydXK is a rolling release and it seems to be solid.
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