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Thread: Should I upgrade to Testing?

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    Should I upgrade to Testing?

    Right now, I have a working Knoppix system, with no major upgrades from 3.3.

    My problem is that installing new software is a pain. I believe this is related to the mix-n-match attitude of Knoppix towards Debian stable/testing/unstable. For example, to install kmidi, I need to install timidity, which depends on libvorbis0. Synaptic says installing libvorbis0 would uninstall half the software on this computer. This is a common problem, and in most cases, I either give up, or spend a few hours unravelling the web of programs.

    So, would upgrading to Debian testing elliminate these problems? Would there be any potential problems making the upgrade?

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    Re: Should I upgrade to Testing?

    Quote Originally Posted by evilmrhenry
    Right now, I have a working Knoppix system, with no major upgrades from 3.3.

    My problem is that installing new software is a pain. I believe this is related to the mix-n-match attitude of Knoppix towards Debian stable/testing/unstable. For example, to install kmidi, I need to install timidity, which depends on libvorbis0. Synaptic says installing libvorbis0 would uninstall half the software on this computer. This is a common problem, and in most cases, I either give up, or spend a few hours unravelling the web of programs.

    So, would upgrading to Debian testing elliminate these problems? Would there be any potential problems making the upgrade?
    Even easier solution put a # character in front of the stable lines in the /etc/apt/sources.list or since you are using synaptic just edit the sources with the option there, then (apt-get) update and you will only get packages from the testing/unstable branches so this will eliminate those conflicts with packages from stable getting pulled in and trying to uninstall half the system.
    Code:
    HappyTux:/home/stephen# apt-cache policy libvorbis0
    libvorbis0:
      Installed: (none)
      Candidate: 1.0rc3-1
      Version Table:
         1.0rc3-1 0
            500 http://ftp2.de.debian.org stable/main Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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