[Digikam-users] Generic Linux question
photonoxx at free.fr
Sun Aug 28 10:53:22 BST 2011
The most of officials repositories (of not rolling release distribution)
don't upgrade software version. They take in charge minor/security
updates, but they don't change to a new version until a new release of the
distrib is out, and this time, upgrades are only available on the new
release official repository, so you need to upgrade your distrib and wait
generally 6 months between each new distrib's version. In a way it's a
good thing for stability and bug fix, but it's not for using last
Hopefully, alternative repositories exists that offer to you to find
binary package of new version of a lot of softwares, permitting to keep
your distrib with upgraded softwares. For Mint and Ubuntu based distribs
these repositories are mainly the Launchpad's PPAs (but basically, it's a
webspace with appropriates files presents which give infos and packages
related to repository content). An inconvenient is you find very good
thing (like Philip Johnson's PPA) but also very bad things in PPAs... So
it's to use with care and advice.
Personally, I'm testing OpenSuse for now, after some years with Ubuntu. At
the beginning, it was for Tumbleweed which is a rolling release repository
for Opensuse, but for now, Digikam still is in 1.9 version in Tumbleweed
(mainly due to will of stability I guess), so for now I use a repository
with the latest stable KDE release, and digikam 2.0 which works fine for
now on my computer.
Rolling release could be an alternative, the principle is these distribs
don't works with periodic release, they're continuously updated, but
they're some time more complex to install and set, and you don't always
have access to the new software's versions instantly (see the tumbleweed
example above), but with some it seems to be pretty fast like with
ArchLinux, but I guess it's need some knowledges and may have some
stability issue some time (since the principle here is not to extensively
test new packages before put them in repo).
Le Sun, 28 Aug 2011 05:34:24 +0200, Paul Verizzo <paulv at paulv.net> a écrit:
> Why is it that the Linux repositories are still at dk 1.9? I don't
> how this works.
> Thank you Giles for compiling dk into Windows regardless of flaws.
> I have spent the last several weeks trying out about ten Linux distros in
> Virtual Box. Fun, but no game changer. In terms of ease of setup and
> use, coming
> from Windows, I found Linux Mint 11 the best. Linux Mint Debian lagging
> and more
> difficult to set up the "disk." PC Linux OS medium good. Could not
> believe how
> bad Kubuntu was, how clunky! Still no luck with the new method of
> Guest Additions to work well.
> Closing, the question is about how Linux apps are updated......
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