Debian is stable

Josh Sherman
1 min read
Linux Debian / Ubuntu

I can hear you now… “No shit Josh! Debian’s one of the most stable Linux distros [sic] they even main their main branch ‘stable’!!~!”

In my quest for bleeding edge software, specifically, the latest version of Gnome, I lost sight of that simple truth.

With that, Arch crashed for the final time on my iMac a few weeks back and I jumped ship over to Debian Stretch in search of stability and reliability.

Incidentally, Debian is the distro I started the year on, but on the testing release before Stretch was officially released.

I am a bit bitter that I’m running a version of Gnome that’s 2 iterations behind but goddamn if it doesn’t feel great to be manning the console on a stable system.

Uptime has been great, hiccups have been minimal and I couldn’t be happier.

Oh and there’s rarely any software updates ;)

Thing is, my computers are my tools and any time I’m needing to fight with them because of some borked update, I’m losing time I could be building.

This has become even more important as I’ve recently left my position at Sumo to focus on a startup with my buddy Justin.

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As much as I love Arch and would love to be running the latest Gnome (at the very least 3.24), I need to minimize my daily distractions and running a rock solid system helps with that.

Hell, logging 12+ hours a day is hard enough as it is without unexpected crashes while I’m in my groove.

So yeah, for anybody unaware, Debian is stable. Stable AF.

Oh and if you’re about to tell me that I’ll be on Arch or another distro soon enough? You’re probably right.

I definitely miss being able to install any and everything with pacaur. Just wasn’t in the cards with my current computers.

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