[ale] Debian. Grr.

James Sumners james at sumners.ath.cx
Sun Feb 22 19:46:36 EST 2004

I was unsure if aptitude was in stable before I responded so I double checked. I
wouldn't have made the recomendation otherwise:

Also, you can install testing from a CD. It just isn't "supported" and is
mostly a network based install: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 16:33:44 -0500
Jim Popovitch <jimpop at yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 2004-02-22 at 14:39, James Sumners wrote:
> > I realize that he only has a base system running. That also more than likely
> > means he is more than likely running the 'stable' branch of Debian. 
> Afaik, there is no CD install of testing.
> > Installing
> > anything with official stable apt sources will not destablize the
> > installation - that is why it is called "stable". So, doing 'apt-get install
> > aptitude' will not break his system and will give him an easier tool to use
> > than dselect.
> doing 'apt-get install <anything>' on a fresh install of stable will d/l
> LOTS of stuff.  Afaik, aptitude is NOT available for stable (please
> correct me if I am wrong) and therefore the best thing this guy can do
> is install stable upgrade to testing (if he so desires) then use dselect
> or apt-get to install apps.  However if all he wants is to install one
> or more apps after a fresh base install, dselect (based on unanimous
> advice from the Debian developers) is the way to go.
> I am not a Debian developer, I can only relay what they have
> continuously stated to me an others over the years.
> -Jim P
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I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see of it the more it
looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything
technically interesting there. In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money
than it is at making good operating systems.  -- Linus Torvalds
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