On Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 02:17:53PM +0100, Peder Hedlund wrote:
I absolutely hate upgrading and I do it as infrequently as possible. I am a Debian user through and through :-)
I don't just value stability and reliability, I worship it. I demand it. I will not endanger it except under extreme circumstances or duress (usually once every few years, some series of circumstances conspires to force me to upgrade).
When I get up on stage, I want to know that what worked yesterday, or last week, or last month, or last year, will work EXACTLY the same way now as it did then. I do not want to have to worry if some "rolling release" incompatibility broke something I'm going to need in the middle of a song while people are looking at me. So distros that update often or do rolling releases are not for me.
Yes, I know about regression testing, but I don't want to have to waste time on regression testing, chasing that treadmill all the time. I do it once every few years as necessary, and that's plenty good for me thanks.
This is one of the things I love most about Linux. In the commercial world, there was always some corporation or marketing scam forcing me to upgrade something and introduce instability. I hated that. Now, I can dig my heels in and stick with what works once I get it working.
I understand there are people who actually enjoy chasing the latest version of stuff, or breaking their system so as to have fun fixing it, but I am decidedly not one of those people.
A friend once described me as "technologically Amish". It fits.
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