Friday, March 11, 2011

Linux as a Rolling Stone

@: Novell openSUSE 11.4 :
   - could be the last distro you ever actually install thanks to Tumbleweed

Newest openSUSE Linux Offers Rolling Releases
The newest release of Novell's openSUSE Linux debuts with LibreOffice, KDE 4.6, a zippy package management system and a new rolling release system that could eliminate the need for future big releases.

The rolling release capability in openSUSE 11.4 is called Project Tumbleweed and for those that embrace it, it could mean the end to big milestone updates for openSUSE. 

"The Tumbleweed repository will have a slightly higher chance of breakage than simply running a stable version," Poortvliet said. "I wouldn't recommend it to every openSUSE user, but it is easier than running Gentoo or Arch." 

The openSUSE Build Service (OBS) is the key technology that sit behind enabling Tumbleweed for openSUSE 11.4. OBS is Novell's system for building Linux packages and is also the platform on which the openSUSE distribution is built. 

Not Everybody is a Fan of Ubuntu

One of the other advantages of Linux Mint Debian Edition over the Ubuntu versions is that the Debian version is a rolling release. This simply means that it is updated continuously; you never have to do another install to upgrade it as you do with the Ubuntu versions. Here’s a more detailed explanation from Wikipedia:
In software development, a rolling release approach refers to a continuously developing software system, as opposed to one with versions that must be reinstalled over the previous versions. It is one of many types of software release life cycles. Rolling releases are typically seen in use by Linux distributions.
A rolling release is typically implemented using small and frequent updates. However, simply having updates does not automatically mean that a piece of software is using a rolling release cycle; to qualify as a rolling release, the philosophy of developers must be to work with one code branch, as opposed to discrete versions. Updates are typically delivered to users using a package manager and a software repository accessed through the internet.

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