6 comments on “Linux Releases: Fixed vs. Rolling Release; Mandriva, Turbolinux, and Microsoft

  1. The interesting thing is that you can get “Rolling Release” functionality out of a stable release system. If you install/run the development version of a system, you get that “latest and greatest” feel (and the associated risk of instability.)

  2. Since PCLinuxOS is the example of Rolling release I’ll comment on your “Cons”

    “1. Applications are often left untested, so instability is an issue.”

    Applications go through testing before they’re released to the public.

    It doesn’t matter how much testing is done its impossible to cover all the systems variables in use. This includes ALL Distro.

    In general, PCLOS is a very stable OS, “Applications” included.

    “2. Application dependencies can also be compromised, as I recently found out.?”

    PCLOS is a meta package release, if the updates are done in a complete fashion there shouldn’t be any dependencies issue. The people who pick and choose what to update are the ones who might have problems.

    In general, dependencies issues are a *non-issue in PCLOS.

    Of coarse things can/do slip through the cracks (any Distro}. In the rare (real rare) cases this happens, the PCLOS Team dose a nice job of fixing broken packages fast.

    I use PCLinuxOS, PC-BSD and Linux Mint. Of the three the “Fixed” release (Linux Mint) update/upgrade/reinstall is way more of a hassle than any problem I’ve faced with the Rolling release of PCLOS, PC-BSD.

  3. About the partnership between Mandriva and Turbolinux, if you read this official statement, you would see that there’s nothing to be afraid of 😉

    Excerpts of this statement: ” The point to be underlined is
    that it will not change anything in Mandriva position regarding patents
    and proprietary software. Managing Manbo Labs in an open way was a
    prerequire to conclude this agreement. For memory, following url was
    explaining Mandriva position regarding any Microsoft agreement:
    Mandriva position regarding any Microsoft agreement

    BTW, thanks for this nice review !

  4. Thanks guys for the comments!

    @ david: I never really thought about it that way… very cool!

    @ fastgame: I had a package that was said by synaptic to be “system critical” or something like that. I didn’t pick-n-choose my updates, it was simply the stock updates available, with no modifications to the system.

    Packages in all systems have problems now and then, just like with xserver-xorg-core is right now with Ubuntu. Linux Mint has always been funny about upgrades, since it is part Ubuntu, and part it’s own system. Ubuntu is much easier with an “Upgrade Now” button in update-manager.

    @ roudoudou: Thanks for the link and info! 🙂

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