Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> I've been using Debian for headless servers for many years.
> Distribution upgrades via apt-get or aptitude have been smooth and easy
> for many years. I have one server that's been in-place upgraded from
> Woody through Lenny with only minor dependency issues--that's 4
> distribution upgrades over 5 years--Woody, Sarge, Etch, Lenny.
Part of my reasoning for looking towards debian is because I was forced into
it about two years ago. I manage a solution for one of my company partners
which is based on etch with backported kernels. There are many things I
like about it... and I agree on the clean upgrade path and very good package
But the downsides to debian have been holding me back...
1) I miss yast. aptitude is just not the same.
2) Vendor support is officially non-existant. We are a Dell shop and
upgrading openmanage is a pain. With SuSE its download and go.
3) I understand the ideology and legal reasons debian removes firmware blobs
(broadcom anyone) from their kernel modules... but this is always a real
pain. I end up monkeying about with the initrd image to get the firmware
blobs in... and often I just recompile with the blobs and forget it.
Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> Then again, I don't use Debian kernels, so my kernels were never
> upgraded during the dist upgrade. This may have prevented some
> headaches. I roll my own kernels from kernel.org source and tend to
> keep fairly current. So, when I do a dist upgrade my current kernel is
> usually newer than what the dist upgrade provides. The fact I leave out
> features I don't need may play a role in preventing problems as well.
;-) That makes a huge difference. But generally my experience thus far
with debian has been positive. Enough to make me consider switching. And
I know the XFS has never given me a lick of trouble.
*Didn't want to seem off topic. Had to throw in the XFS reference at the
Thanks again for everyone's input.
Its Much Appreciated!
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