Quoting Niall Walsh (linux at esatclear.ie):
> Agreed! I like testing, but it's not recommended for general use
> because of the security updates.
The _automated_ security updates. Security updates have always been
available for sarge packages; you merely aren't guaranteed to have them
automatically flow into your system.
> If you want to recommend people run testing all the time, fine, I
I certainly do (with access to unstable packages, and "pinning" set to
favour testing) for desktop boxen. Again, skim-reading DSAs (and acting
on them) isn't a hardship. It's normal to expect to read (and heed)
security advisories, if you run Linux.
> I think this seems to be the only place in which our opinions diverge
> despite your assertions.
> I think most people like being pampered.
It's nice. It's _also_ the rare exception. People who say [paraphrasing]
"It's dangerous to run testing because you don't auto-receive security
updates" are suffering a serious failure of perspective
> Why complicate things?
To maintain, at the cost of only extremely low amounts of admin
attention, access to a more-reasonable selection of software than the
stable branch affords -- a drawback that is especially noticeable on a
> Which would pass the Granny test easier?
> A: Use testing, lose security updates when sarge is released
One last time: I've had security updates on the testing branch for
years. It's just not as completely automated as on the stable branch,
but still better than most Linux distributions in that regard.
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