[Bug 738] linux- (OT)

Anderson Lizardo lizardo at linuxfromscratch.org
Fri Aug 20 09:38:04 PDT 2004

[ moving to lfs-chat ]

On Sunday 15 August 2004 00:52, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> Anderson Lizardo wrote:
> > On Saturday 14 August 2004 10:24, bugzilla at linuxfromscratch.org wrote:
> >>Note that I have not done any testing, I pretend to be a happy debian
> >> user.
> >
> > Eh, I suppose you meant "intend" here  :) (curiosity: "pretend" is a
> > false cognate in Portuguese, i.e. it sounds very similar to a Portuguese
> > word which surprinsingly is equivalent to the English "intend")
> I am not happy. The bad (for me) things about Debian are:
> 1) Cost. Network traffic is very expensive in Yekaterinburg, Russia (in
> US dollars, $0.1 per megabyte on a broadband ethernet connection if I
> had one, $0.01 per minute on dialup, my wage is $110 per month). With
> LFS, I could just use patches or CVS for all source code updates to save
> 80% on network traffic.

Here we pay $0.04 per minute on dial-up, although I have Cable Modem 
connection which has a fixed tax per month.

> 2) Bugs and the fact that I don't tolerate them at all and can't wait
> for the fix to propagate into Debian. This means that I have to install
> many "*-dev" packages (and pay for that bandwidth) and rebuild
> problematic programs and libraries. So far:
> [...]

Bugs indeed exist in Debian (as in any other distro), but as soon as you build 
fixed packages it's just a matter of adding them to your local repository (if 
you have one) and run "apt-get upgrade" on all machines of your network.

> However, with those bugs fixed, Debian is a good system, very easy to
> manage.

Indeed, that's mainly why the lab at college migrated from Suse to Debian 
Sarge. The current installation there is buggy (many machines missing core 
desktop and development/scientific packages), but It's acceptable IMHO 
because they had very little time to do the migration.

Anderson Lizardo
lizardo at linuxfromscratch.org

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