[arch-general] Roadmap for user-intervention upgrades [was: Still Glibc problems]

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Tue Jul 24 18:20:03 EDT 2012

On 07/24/2012 01:15 AM, Martin Cigorraga wrote:
> The beauty behind this is we are now enjoying the new paradigm without
> reinstalling the
> system while with other distros your only chance to make the switch is
> reinstall not only
> your OS but everything else!
> Cheers.

Now that... is the beauty of Arch!

The other distro's release/reinstall cycle is far more work than the
rolling-release. But, after packaging trinity on Arch, I can tell you it is a
double-edge sword. You get everything building just fine until the next pacman
-Syu and then 5 packages quit building due to package updates (libpng, ffmpeg,
gcc, on-and-on, ...) Literally you can kick off a build in the morning, then
update and have it go to hell in the evening.

It gives you a great deal of respect for the sheer amount of work the Arch
developers put into this disto....

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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