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wdhpr 22. Dec 2012 05:28 PM

Linux Distros, How Old Before Becoming obsolete?
I like many others love to try new Linux distros, Its has actually turned into a hobby of mine. Once I customize a operating system and demonstrate that it performs the way I want I put the distro on my short list for semi-permanent use. (I plan on using it for a year or more). Distro that don't play nice with my games or video card quickly end up in the round file.

There are LTS distro's that will be kept up to date for up to 5 years so that begs the question how old is to old? I ran across a good discussion HERE :
Lastly, since there are some good apps for using USB Pendrives in place of Live CD's so there is no need to have stacks of CD's laying around. Pendrives are also useful due to Distro's quickly becoming larger than the max size a CD. Both of these reasons make it easier to try new Distro's

I'm curious to see what the folks here at Gizmo's feel about the subject. :)

MidnightCowboy 23. Dec 2012 04:38 AM

Like Windows, Linux includes security enhancements within updates but I've never known anyone to be compromised by anything using a distro no matter how old. IMO the only crucial factor might be when the repos get turned off although by that time I guess users would have long since removed any need to automatically install new software.

Certainly since Gnome 3 and it's variants arrived, the reliability of the Gnome desktop has taken a big hit and I can fully understand why some folks want to stick with something that "works" and can be customized by drag and drop instead of having to learn a coding language. :)

I have mixed results with USB live sessions. Some won't launch at all and in others functions are unreliable. I see advice about using different USB creating programs but I find UNetbootin to be the most reliable, although more so when used in Windows. I also get better results by formatting the drive every time, rather than just overwriting it. I always try this first and if it doesn't work, I burn a DVD instead if I think the distro in question is worth this extra effort to try.

J_L 23. Dec 2012 08:30 PM

With rolling distros, for as long as it serve's its purpose. Otherwise, it's when the next release comes out for me.

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