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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Fri, 04 Feb 2011

Two days till Debian Squeeze goes Stable

I’ve had this handy countdown graphic on Click for the past couple of weeks. Not that Debian is in the habit of setting release dates, but this particular image came about after the project itself announced that Feb. 5 or 6, 2011 would be the target date(s).

As I’ve written dozens of times by now. Debian Squeeze, still the project’s Testing branch, has been very stable for a very long time. To be sure, there have been little tweaks here and there, mostly in the design department from what I’ve noticed.

A lot of Debian users prefer running Unstable/Sid or Testing on the desktop. I may very well take that route myself. There’s also talk of a Constantly Usable Testing branch of Debian.

The last time I ran Debian full-time as my main desktop was with Lenny from late Dec. 2009 through mid-March 2010. I had everything running perfectly. If I had only known to (and how to) install a newer kernel before upgrading, my dist-upgrade to Squeeze way back then wouldn’t have gone as badly as it did.

But for those approximately two months and two weeks, Lenny ran as well as anything I’ve tried before or since. I remember being frustrated by the age of some of the packages in Lenny, hence the hasty update to Squeeze. But now I’m both a whole lot more comfortable with the packages in a Stable Debian installation (even though, or maybe especially because I’m using a bleeding-edge Liquorix-built 2.6.37 kernel), and I’m open to tapping Debian Backports if and when I need a newer Iceweasel browser or what have you.

I started running Debian Squeeze as my main desktop system at the end of Nov. 2010, and now that we’re just starting February, that makes about two months and a few days, give or take. All I need to do is stick with Squeeze for another week and I’ll have beaten my Lenny record.

Sounds lame (as I re-read the last paragraph). I ran OpenBSD 4.4 for a full six months until the 4.5 upgrade failed and I turned to Debian Lenny. Of course I’m going to stick with Debian Squeeze for the foreseeable future — having things work is more important to me now than ever.

P.S. Having a blog of everything you’ve done with computers over the years is a great way to keep track of when you’re run what. Luckily my Click blog has an archive page that lists every single entry along with the date it was published. I really did think I spent more than a couple months in Lenny. I have a feeling I will beat my six-months record of being in a single OS installation on my main production machine.