Debian testing - where do I get it?

Simon Fowler simon at
Thu Mar 20 23:15:45 EST 2003

On Thu, Mar 20, 2003 at 10:46:35PM +1100, Jepri wrote:
> On 2003.03.20 10:11 Alex Satrapa wrote:
> >On Thursday, March 20, 2003, at 08:01 , Michael Still wrote:
> >
> >>On Wed, 19 Mar 2003, Felix Karpfen wrote:
> >>
> >>>Having been advised that my current setup (RH 7.1) is well and truly
> >>>obsolete, do I wait for Debian 3.1?
> >>
> >>Well, from my understanding on the Debian world is that there is no 
> >>need
> >>to ever wait. I would do something like this (assuming infinite
> >>bandwidth):
> >
> >I think you missed the important part of Felix' question:
> >
> >>>I really cannot face downloads from the Net of 40-60 Mb in order to 
> >>>get more recent versions of the kernel and XFree86 - even if it is 
> >>>a trivial exercise for people with 24-hour broadband access.
> >
> >So in Felix' case he'd need someone to supply a very fresh copy of 
> >the packages that make up Testing.  Then he'd still be facing about 
> >40Mb/week to keep current.
> These numbers are a little out of proportion somehow.  I update once a 
> week or fortnight, and it doesn't take too long - 30mins for the update 
> and usually under two hours for the packages.  Except when a big change 
> comes through and you have to download the whole lot.
I think Alex is confusing testing with unstable here - tracking
unstable can easily be ~50MB per update, whether you update daily or
weekly. Testing is a lot less extreme, in my experience, and you can
generally get away with following a lot less closely: updating once
a week or even less should be fine, unless you happen to be looking
at a really major change like the recent move to gcc-3.2. 

For Felix's needs, testing is probably almost ideal - you get all
the benefits of Debian, the up-to-dateness of the other distros, and
keeping up with the updates shouldn't be too hard on the bandwidth. 


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