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exploder wrote:I keep looking at Sidux for ideas, they are a small team and seem to do the impossible. One thing of particular interest to me is how they build the kernel. The Sidux kernel seems to handle hardware very well and I just don't see very many posts on their forum about kernel issues. Sidux is a very young distribution but they are doing something right.Sidux uses a script for safe updating and they are essentially a rolling release. I noticed that other Debian based distributions are utilizing the Sidux kernel, this says a lot.I find Sidux to be a distribution to keep my eyes on. We might learn a few things from Sidux.
Fred wrote:I guess this is more of a rant than anything else.
There was a time when I thought and said that Mint should stay with Ubuntu. Leaving them would be giving up a lot of resources. I am beginning to question that position.
It seems like there are more and more bugs being left in the Ubuntu releases. I am talking about the finals, not alpha or beta. This kind of behavior is what you would expect from a proprietary effort. The pressure to meet deadlines always causes short cuts and work-a-rounds instead of actual fixes. What ever happened to the Linux philosophy of releasing finals when they are ready instead of on a schedule?
This is exactly the kind of thing that has made Windows such an unstable mess. Every release there are new bugs and work-a-rounds to go with the ones already there. After a while you have a house of cards. Nobody even knows where all the problem areas are. One wrong move can cause the whole system to fall down.
I fear that if it continues, Ubuntu will be in the same boat. When you are in the situation that you have so many bugs that you have to pick and choose a few that effect the most people, and forget the rest, you are headed for disaster. It is just a matter of time.
If the coming release of Ubuntu continues on the path of the last two releases, maybe it is time to seriously think about moving back to our roots and looking a little closer at Debian. I know it would be a bit of a culture shock to move to a rolling upgrade distro, but it has a lot of advantages too, especially for a small team like Mint.
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