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#1 2019-03-03 06:20:48

Bearded_Blunder
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What I love about Debian (today)

Updating unbooted for months laptop.. dual boot.. so Win7
Windows updates .. broken .. troubleshoot.. chase round net uppdating random software from random sites.. ~6 hours and still needs disk cleanup & defrag..

Boot Debian same machine, longer since it was booted, equivalent software installed:
apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get autoremove, apt-get clean, reboot; done in under 15 minutes, no errors.

So what made you love Debian / Bunsen today?


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#2 2019-03-03 10:25:16

Martin
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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

The no-worries stability.
It just works without making a big fuss about it.

/Martin


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#3 2019-03-03 13:04:16

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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

Running java app, fractal flame renderer called JWildfire.
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#4 2019-03-03 19:53:26

Anaconda
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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

@Bearded_Blunder  My experience has been the same. After too long between boots on a spare computer Windows has been a nightmare to update. Time counted in hours and multiple reboots. Debian was a breeze and the time is counted in minutes.

What else do I love above Debian? It's much easier to make properly secure than Windows.

Also I really do like the entire open source philosophy, but not just for software. I've been seeing this idea applied to other areas over the past few years such as 3D printer designs etc. I'm pretty sure that Gnu-Linux and projects like Debian have been a huge influence in this and that without that influence we would not be seeing the spread of open source as a philosophy to anywhere near the same degree as what has been happening.


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#5 2019-03-03 22:10:37

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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

Stability, customizable, variety of desktops/setups possible, the software has come a long way. But stability and security are key. Being able to upgrade after a three-month haitus from the box and having nothing break and everything up-to-date with a sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt --purge autoremove within a half hour is heaven. Buster/Lithium are going to be great (they already are).

Also, I'm not a big gamer so I have little incentive to dual-boot.

-edit- also, frugality. You can resurrect a ten y.o. laptop by running BL or Debian Xfce or Mate or whatever on it. Under 400mb for the desktop and under 300 for BL/Openbox? You can run the new Plasmas and the desktop will idle under 600mb, my minimal install is in the low 400s I think (I haven't used it in a while, lithium is in production and I haven't missed my plasma desktop at all lately).

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#6 2019-03-03 22:38:17

Bearded_Blunder
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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

I'm seriously considering ditching dual-boot on that one, kinda waiting on Lithium or at least Buster going stable, the software dual-boot is needed for will run happily in a minimal VM. Could even be an NT4/W9x  VM with 64-128 MB of ram, assuming I can figure out how to get files in and out securely without SMBv1.  Maybe NFS will work. Still noodling that.

Today I'm loving individual plain text config files vs regedit :-)


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#7 2019-03-03 22:52:36

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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

Bearded_Blunder wrote:

....
Today I'm loving individual plain text config files vs regedit :-)

Amen brother! I dimly recall editing the registry, every 30 days, in order to get round time-limited trial software  ops


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#8 2019-03-03 23:12:08

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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

Buster has had a ton of upgrades since the soft-freeze, but they have slowed way down in the last week and I am happy to say not one has been a problem.

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#9 2019-03-04 03:06:33

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Re: What I love about Debian (today)

^ Yes, I've only seen one apt-listbugs hit in the last few days, and it wasn't something I needed to worry about


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