[clug] Old linux distros and support - why I like debian

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at svana.org
Tue May 4 02:11:39 GMT 2004

On Tue, May 04, 2004 at 11:49:13AM +1000, Martin Pool wrote:
> > I've seen this on my network a number of times.  It is made worse by 
> > commercial distros that time out maintaining security patches and 
> > distros where patching is not automatic or requires some manual 
> > configuration changes.  I know SuSE updates used to mess with /etc/ 
> > files on occasion and break important things.
> Interesting point.  On the other hand, I hate that Debian packages ask
> configuration questions during installation.  It means that you cannot
> count on doing unattended upgrades.

True, although you can configure things so it never asks anything.
That's how FAI (and any other automatic installer) does it.

Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> Patent. n. Genius is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration. A patent is a
> tool for doing 5% of the work and then sitting around waiting for someone
> else to do the other 95% so you can sue them.
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