sunewbie wrote:Does this mean that if I keep latest software version, either by manual download or preferably through PPA, it makes no sense to retain same OS. Is it better to upgrade entire OS, then to keep upgrading softwares?
Using PPAs on the LTS shall at least bring conflicts, because the software in the PPAs might need newer version of libraries than that you can install on the LTS (without breaking other software that depends on older version of libraries).
Robin wrote:One "in-between" option - sort of a compromise between LTS and the instability of the newest version, is to stay one release behind the most current one. Most of the "bugs" are worked out of a version by the time the next one is released, so you might try Mint 10 when Mint 11 is released, Mint 11 when 12 is released, etc. It offers more stability (perhaps even equal to the LTS editions) because it has been out long enough to shake out the flaws, but offer has newer editions of software.
KBD47 wrote:Another way to go is to dual-boot: Keep one rock solid Linux version on your computer and another cutting edge distribution. For example, you could keep Mint 9 on your computer and Mint 11. If for some reason the newer version gets borked you can always use your more stable version. This is exactly what I do on my computers except right now I'm dual-booting Mepis 11 built on Debian Stable, and Ubuntu 11.04 which has been borked a couple of times with updates and I have been able to reboot into Mepis. This gives you a stable bork-free os and a newer one for the newest software.
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