| I’ve just come to Debian in the past few months from a background of Win2k and many happy years with Amiga. Apt-get is what sold Debian to me (plus the cool Toy Story names 🙂 and so far I’ve made around 20 Debian installations with a few Mandrake and a couple of RedHat ones.
The beauty of Debian running three different strands is wonderful (isn’t Linux all about choice after all) and each one has its benefits. Having now jumped from newbie (running Potato, Ximian and Progeny systems) to reasonable experienced Woody user, I leave Sid to my more experienced friends. Sid is cutting edge, very easy to destroy your installations (why do you think I’ve done 20+ installs) and potentially full of release critical bugs.
Quite simply, and sounding like a Ronseal advert, I feel debian should be run like this:
Stable: For beginners, it does exactly what it says on the box.
Testing: For the more enlightened, consider yourself a beta tester.
Unstable: For those who like to live dangerously, it does exactly what it says on the box.
[Hardly shocking news is it?]
One final point about Galeon and the like: run Woody and compile them from source, apt-get them from Sid (see earlier story), find alternative source.list lines (e.g. pandora.debian.org/~robot101) or finally get them from Ximian – even for Potato! [Okay you can’t get Galeon from Ximian but you can get Mozilla 0.9.1, GDM 2.2, GEdit 0.9, Abiword 0.7.14 et cetera].