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Re: [opensuse] Re: Is openSUSE a rolling release?
On 12/12/2011 12:40 PM, LinuxIsOne wrote:
On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM, Malcolm<malcolm_lewis@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I read that Rolling Release means which is upto date. IS openSUSE a
rolling release?

No, but tumbleweed is, have a look here:

Oh I see, I just read that, does it neccessarily mean that Rolling
Releases are good to have?

No, it does not. It is good or bad contingent on *your* particular needs
and wants.

The question is quite similar to whether it is better to have a four door
automobile vs a two door automobile. Better is as *you* see it.

Oh I see. Okay then but I just thought if it was recommended or not,
but okay now.

Certainly it is recommended. And no it is not recommended.
There are pros and cons to both.

For some jobs a small two-seat convertible sports car is recommended and a large 4 wheel drive truck is not recommended.

For other jobs a large 4 wheel drive truck is recommended and a small two-seat convertible sports car is not recommended.

A rolling release distro is recommended if you want the things a rolling release distro provides and don't need the things a standard distro provides.

A standard distro is recommended if you want the things a standard distro provides and don't need the things a rolling release distro provides.

We can't tell you what's better for you any more than we can say what type of vehicle you should buy, if any.

I can say that if you want a rolling distro then you probably want Arch Linux instead of Tumbleweed because Arch actually is a rolling release and has been for a long time, while Tumbleweed is a half-baked quicky hack made mostly by one guy in a fraction of his spare time that attempts to take a thoroughly standard distro and update the packages as if it were a rolling distro. It's very young, very unsupported, very incomplete and inconsistent.

If you want a standard distro, then opensuse is an ok one.

If you want to be better supported by commercial software and hardware vendors, then they all target standard distros. It's possible to define all the details of a standard distro, and those details only change all at once and infrequently, and so it's possible for a 3rd party to write software and hardware drivers that actually work for a given version of that distro.

If you want to be better able to support a large number of machines of your own, keeping them all the same as each other and all reasonably up to date all the time without any traditional large risky whole-os upgrades and are ok with a continuous stream of smaller less risky individual package updates, then a rolling distro does that.

Those are a few of the pros & cons but I can't actually tell you which type of distro will fit your life better.
Whatever you use first, probably you will think the grass is greener on the other side and end up trying both sooner or later.

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