"This week I was busy rebuilding my Linux desktop. That's right
-- I am a member of that supposedly rare species, the Linux desktop
user. ... In three years, I've never had to do anything as rash
as a complete system backup, wipe, and reinstall -- a yearly or
semi-yearly necessity in my Windows days."
"My work-issue ThinkPad originally came with Windows 98, but
right away I added the Debian Slink release with a custom
2.0.something kernel. Since then, I've installed and uninstalled
hundreds of different Linux applications and dozens of kernels.
Some I built from source code, some I installed from *.deb
packages, some from *.rpms using alien. Most, I simply installed by
typing 'apt-get install foo' and waiting a few seconds for the new
software to arrive."
"Three times, when new Debian distributions were released, I
upgraded hundreds of packages at once by editing my
/etc/apt/sources.list and typing apt-get update; apt-get
dist-upgrade. These updates took maybe half an hour each, and were
real cliff-hangers... it doesn't really seem possible for automated
system administration tools to handle a whole release upgrade, so
it's always pretty astonishing when you come out the other side
with a brand new system."
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