drydenp wrote:I don't know about Manjaro but that is the Debian model.
Debian? lol Manjaro is Arch-based. If you consider Debian is like Arch then OK, Manjaro is like Debian...
About Manjaro repos model (from the Manjaro Wiki):
One of the many features that sets Manjaro apart from other Arch-based distributions is that it uses its own dedicated software repositories, rather than relying on those provided by Arch itself. In fact, to ensure continued stability and reliability, Manjaro actually uses three distinct types of software repositories:
## Unstable repositories: These are used to store software packages that have known or suspected stability and/or compatibility issues. This software may therefore be subject to patching by the Manjaro developers prior to being released to the testing repositories. Although the very latest software will be located here, using the unstable respositories may consequently break your system!
## Testing repositories: These are used to store patched software packages from the unstable repositories, as well other new software releases that are considered at least sufficiently stable. This software will be subject to further checks by developers and testers for potential bugs and/or stability issues, prior to being released to the stable repositories for public use.
## Stable repositories: These are the default repositories used by Manjaro systems to provide updates and downloads to the general user base.
A consequence of using this model is that Manjaro's default stable repositories will be updated slightly later than Arch's, in order to accommodate the patching and testing processes. However, it is possible to bypass the stable repositories completely by enabling direct access to the testing repositories instead. Also, experienced users may wish to bypass both the stable repositories and testing repositories completely by enabling direct access to the unstable repositories instead.
drydenp wrote:Debian Stable is known to be that distro that has libraries so old that you cannot run anything on it that was produced in the last century (those were words by Linus Torvalds).
What you don't have with Arch, and so with Manjaro, even with the Stable repos...
drydenp wrote:Testing? Unstable? Who wants that? I don't want to be a tester, but I want to have reasonably recent programs. Err, not possible with Debian.
When I used Debian, I always was going with Testing. And as you, I am not a tester. Testing is more stable than a few years ago. At least, it was when I used. Currently, I don't know as I no more use it since a few years.
drydenp wrote:Now I can run a server on Debian just fine. It is my preferred system for a server, and I have two of those.
I didn't talk about server.
drydenp wrote:When software is released it is supposed to already be tested.
Supposed, maybe, but nevertheless it remains often bugs, problems...
drydenp wrote:There is also a difference between libraries and applications. Libraries are allowed and are supposed to be "behind the times".
With Arch, and so Manjaro, both are updated but with the small delay for supplemental testing of Manjaro Stable, you can be sure, or almost (100% never exist), to have something roughly stable. What is not the case with Arch which releases all the packages immediately.
For recent apps on old librairies you could also try CentOS...
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