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    Problems with Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger"

    jku wrote:
    > As you've probably found out, with Ubuntu you have three sane choices:
    > * dist-upgrade every six months
    > * use long term support releases and dist-upgrade every 18-24 months
    > * use long term support releases and re-install every 5 years (for
    > server)
    >
    > I don't think these options are unreasonable and they clearly show how
    > your comment doesn't paint the whole picture. I think the options aren't
    > clearly communicated to people installing, though.


    Yes, there are these choices. But IMHO, you are better off with Debian,
    which naturally values stability and long term support when you are
    doing a server. My slimserver/squeezecenter/squeezebox server is a
    Debian install.

    The "update every six months" and never skip a cycle is not a good
    choice for a server. My music server stayed up over a year, no crashes
    and no touching by a human.

    For servers, a Ubuntu LTS is clearly better than their latest and
    greatest general packaging.

    But I prefer Debian for servers. Same cost, 99% the same GUI, 100% the
    same admin tools.

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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by pfarrell View Post
    But IMHO, you are better off with Debian,
    which naturally values stability and long term support when you are
    doing a server.
    Like I said, I agree with your choice of OS: I'd go with Debian as well if I was building a SBS machine now. Things just seem to work better...

    Still, saying that Debian somehow naturally values long term support (compared to Ubuntu) is wrong. Debian releases are supported a year after a new stable is released. For Etch this means only three years total, after that you have to upgrade. I've already been using my Ubuntu 6.06 server for three years and intend to keep using it until EOL in 2011 (at least if the bug I linked to gets fixed )...

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