Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Sun Jan 10 01:03:24 UTC 2016

On 01/09/2016 11:07 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 9 January 2016 at 17:49, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>> I'm sure you are right, about upgrades being safe, and I value your opinion.
>> I may be just a little paranoid, but the extra effort I go through makes me
>> feel more comfortable.
> You stayed with OS/2 a lot longer than me. I was a big fan in the
> early 1990s, but I left it in 1995 and never looked back.

I liked it a lot. I stayed with it through Ecomstation 2. I finally left 
it because the main people updating Firefox left OS/2 and getting it to 
run on new hardware was just too much work.

> Linux upgrades are a lot less traumatic than Windows or OS/2. (Mac
> upgrades are usually painless, too.)
> On my old desktop, I kept 2 Linux partitions: one main, on the current
> Ubuntu, and one emergency spare, with the current LTS version. I
> usually worked on the main copy, updating it a few weeks after each
> new release came out. They shared a /home partition so all my data was
> available in both. This scares many people but it works fine.
> On the rare occasion when an upgrade broke something, I could use the
> LTS while I found out how to fix it.
> But that's using the short-term releases. If you only use LTS versions
> you don't need to be so paranoid. They get more testing and you're
> only doing an upgrade every 2 years. That is not a lot of work.
> If you have left it 1½ years before reinstalling, your system is not
> working well for you. It is too late to be going to 14.04 now -- you
> may as well wait 3mth and go to 16.04.

> Seriously, it is time to re-evaluate your strategy, for your own good
> and your own convenience.

I'm not sure what you mean here about my system not working. 12.04 was 
running fine but I thought it was getting close to end of life given 
that 14.04 has been out for a while and 16.04 was in the wings.  I 
suppose I am overly cautious, but it is comforting to know that 12.04 is 
just sitting there a reboot away if something happens to 14.04.

Regards,  Jim

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