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[News] Debian Numbers, Editions, and Derivative Sidux in Review

  • Subject: [News] Debian Numbers, Editions, and Derivative Sidux in Review
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:44:38 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Debian by its numbers, as seen by keyring-maint

,----[ Quote ]
| At keyring-maint, we got a request by our 
| DPL, querying for the evolution of the 
| number of keys per keyring â This can be 
| almost-mapped to the number of Debian 
| Developers, Debian Maintainers, retired 
| and deleted accounts over time since the 
| keyrings are maintained over version 
| control.


Debian Editions


Sidux 2010-01: Rolling Release KDE Goodness

,----[ Quote ]
| When it comes to Linux distributions, 
| Sidux is an interesting character. While 
| many distroâs âpiggybackâ on well known 
| distributions (especially Ubuntu) and 
| release their own âflavorâ after the 
| parent distribution is released, Sidux 
| does things a bit differently. Sidux is 
| still built on top of a parent distro 
| (Debian) but is made to be a rolling 
| release distribution by taking the 
| packages that are in Debian Unstable, 
| though adding customizations to make it 
| stable.
| I tried out Sidux very briefly a few 
| months back, and was turned off by the 
| number of updates that were available 
| initially and the fact that they broke my 
| system. The problem was that so much time 
| had passed since their last spin (the 
| previous version was released in April of 
| 2009), that there have been so many 
| changes that the updates just completely 
| broke my system. (Linux changes faster 
| than any other operating system, bar none, 
| so having updated spins is a very 
| important thing).
| [...]
| Sidux is a really good distribution, 
| though itâs not perfect. Itâs clearly not 
| for beginners, though there is a nice 
| manual included so it may not be all that 
| bad. As a power user, I had absolutely no 
| problem using it and getting it up and 
| running. I can see that excessive updates 
| may be a problem to a beginning user, as 
| package update overload can sometimes 
| break things, but for me itâs been stable. 
| As a matter of fact, if I wasnât using 
| Arch, Sidux would probably be my next best 
| choice as I donât think I could use 
| anything but a rolling distro. Sidux is 
| definitely well worth checking out, though 
| I do recommend you try it in a Virtual 
| Machine first to get the hang of it before 
| installing it on a production machine.



A system based on Debian

,----[ Quote ]
| The idea of a Linux Mint desktop based on
| top of Debian Testing is quite seducing.
| Itâs much faster than Ubuntu and the current
| Linux Mint desktops, it uses less resources,
| and it opens the door for a rolling
| distribution, with a continuous flow of
| updates and no jumps from one release to
| another. Itâs something weâve always been
| tempted to do. Needless to say, whether itâs
| been because of our lack of communication on
| that topic or not, this has been a source of
| numerous rumors within the community.

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