On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 05:54:33PM +0200, Jean-Baptiste Mestelan wrote:
> though, ... and I do not know how easily every package manager
Well the assumption is that the distro maintainer won't introduce instability :-) Which, in the case of audio-specific distros, would-- I hope-- be a safe assumption. Audio distro maintainers aren't likely to treat their "stable" repo like a developer playground. From what I've seen, they seem to do a good job keeping up with the latest advances in Linux Audio.
As an astute poster noted a short while ago, one can also pick a different repository while staying within a particular distro, and get a totally different release model.
For example, for *two years* I ran Debian Sid on my laptop. But it was a snapshot from May 2007 (with I think one update sometime afterwards). So it was quite stable, even though Sid is always under heavy construction. I solved the instability problem by never typing "apt-get upgrade" :-) I did have to type "apt-get update" several times in order to add software, after getting 404's on the version in the Packages.gz list. But when I started seeing enormous lists of fundamental things that needed updating (i.e. gcc, glibc, X... the kind of stuff that happened after the Lenny release), I simply stopped installing new software on it. It sat that way getting heavy use for a long time. Finally I updated it, and it's now on Lenny. I have done this exact dance with desktops for almost 10 years now, though I was more willing to apt-get update/upgrade them.
And of course nowadays there are many other options, like Sidux, all the audio distros, and many special-purpose distros, many of which are Debian-based anyway.
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