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

Ambrose Andrews ambrose at vrvl.net
Tue May 4 09:18:43 GMT 2004

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Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2004 May 4, , at 11:49 AM, Martin Pool wrote:
>> On  4 May 2004, Kim Holburn <kim.holburn at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> ...snip...
>>> 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.
> ???  Debian asks you questions during installs but not during upgrades 
> that I've noticed.

Definitely asks me questions on upgrade

(depends on what level of detailed questions debconf is confugured to ask)

Usually "new version of configuration file for xxxxx, old file modified 
by you (or a script) since last upgrade...  install new version? keep 
old version, background this process, show the diff...   default is to 
keep your old version".  Tedious but I guess I asked for it.


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