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Re: [SLUG] [OT] Debian Flame on LWN
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] [OT] Debian Flame on LWN
- From: Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Oct 4 01:37:28 2000
- Cc: Chuck Dale <bug@xxxxxxxxx>, Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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> Chuck Dale wrote:
> And the new security holes introduced by new features? New bugs? Never!
Bugs in the distribution, or the software? It makes little difference.
potato contains *conservatively* new software. Not bleeding edge. It's been
tried and tested upstream and within the iterative development process of
'unstable'. Certainly, after going through that, most distribution bugs will
be sorted out. That much use would (again hopefully) indicate decent testing
of the actual software.
Whilst I'm fond of my old BBC 6502-based computer, retrospectively, I'm glad
I made the decision to upgrade. I have had a number of security problems,
mostly related to the fact that this new machine has features such as an
'ethernet network interface card', a 'floppy drive' and a 'CD-ROM drive',
but on the whole, I'm quite happy with them. I can play ogg files on this as
well, which is pretty handy.
> I forgot, Debian defies traditional software engineering concerns.
Dude, this is Free Software. Find your own phone booth to change in. ;)
> Perhaps there are new features that would be useful. If there are, then
> upgrade. Don't upgrade just because of some general belief that there
> are so many new features and software packages that you're losing out by
> not upgrading.
Please read my other posts, specifically the one about 'staying informed'.
> > > No matter how good Debian is, there are still going to be less problems
> > > introduced by not upgrading than by upgrading.
> > Always, or for small values thereof?
> If I'm not upgrading then I can't have a problem. Yes?
Well, for a start, you're going to be back-porting security fixes yourself!
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