[arch-general] latest kernel update surprise

Piscium groknok at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 13:28:13 UTC 2020

On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 at 11:03, Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at panix.com> wrote:
> 5.59-10 on the machine I use.  I'm using a different version of linux on
> another disk to write this message.
> Strangely, both speaker-test and espeakup no longer work.  The
> speaker-test failure would of course
> cover espeakup since espeakup uses sound card resources to do screen
> reading.
> Was anything done to the kernel to cause these failures?

Before Arch I used Fedora for 7 years. I found Fedora far more stable
than Arch when upgrading to a new Fedora version 3 months after
release when most bugs have been fixed. With Arch there is always
something that does not work properly and then days or weeks later it
starts working again. It is not Arch's fault, rather it results from
its KISS principle of making minimal or no changes to upstream
packages so you get all the issues from upstream. Fedora does lots of
patching and updates things less often so it is more stable than Arch.

My suggestion is that if you are looking for reliability to use Debian
Stable which has a big choice of packages and it stable, or else
Fedora which is in between Debian Stable and Arch with respect to
up-to-date packages and stability. Arch might not be the best distro
for you. My €0.02.

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