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Transitional?

Post by cecilieaux » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:04 am

What is the difference between a "transitional" package and a "development" package?

I have a yen to try the text browser Lynx after many years (I used it via ftp from Windows 3.1 ages and ages ago). I saw it in the Software Manager and they have

lynx: text-mode www browser (transitional package)

lynx-cur: Text-mode www browser with nls support (development version)

I just want to use it, for fun.
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Re: Transitional?

Post by richyrich » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:41 am

When you read the description for lynx in Synaptic Package Manager, it points you to lynx-cur.

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Re: Transitional?

Post by cecilieaux » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:37 pm

richyrich wrote:When you read the description for lynx in Synaptic Package Manager, it points you to lynx-cur.
Thank you, but is there a rule of thumb to be followed with these terms (transitional, development)?
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Re: Transitional?

Post by richyrich » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:03 pm

I can only give you my personal thoughts whenever I see those terms.
When I see Transitional, I look for a newer package, possibly with a different name, sometimes needing a web search.
When I see Development, I expect that I may run into small glitches or even bugs, again I always like to do a little research before installing.

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Re: Transitional?

Post by Spearmint2 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:56 pm

To me they mean the same; "Not LTS"
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