Better Remote Upgrade Capabilities - Ideas?

Chris Warburton chriswarbo at
Fri Sep 14 17:09:58 UTC 2007

I find that Debian is the most consistent through upgrades, if no
strange customisations have been made then "apt-get dist-upgrade" can go
from version to version no problem.

Ubuntu introduces some issues with this that makes the update manager
and metapackages like ubuntu-desktop needed. I have personally gone
through quite a few reinstalls due to badly upgraded Ubuntus, but I
stick with it due to the awful hardware in my laptop and the community
(I feel like I can contribute to Ubuntu, whereas Debian is rather harder
to be appreciated, especially for non-programmers)

So whilst I'm not overly familiar with all of the issues involved in
upgrading between releases, it is sensible to use the best tool for the
job, and if Ubuntu's upgrade system doesn't fit your scenario nicely
then Debian probably would, and they are not too dissimilar in terms of
underlying technologies either.

Hope that helps,
Chris Warburton

PS: This is not having a go at Ubuntu, or advertising Debian, I'm just
saying that in this situation Debian might be a better choice than
Ubuntu. Yay competition!

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