Should you use Debian testing or stable?

In today's open source roundup: Is Debian testing or stable your best bet? Plus: Frustrations with Linux, and five myths about elementary OS debunked

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Debian, Linux

Debian can be a fantastic option for desktop Linux users, but some folks have been confused by the differences between Debian stable and testing. ZDNet takes a look at the pros and cons of each, and offers some thoughts about which kinds of users would benefit from each option.

I have written several times recently about Debian GNU/Linux and several distributions derived from it. As a few people have pointed out, though, when I wrote about Debian itself I only covered the "Stable" distribution (currently 'Wheezy'), whereas the other distributions are almost always derived from the Debian "Testing" distribution (currently 'Jessie').

This leaves open some valid questions about how Debian Jessie itself stacks up against those other distributions - and even the more basic question of how does Jessie compare with Wheezy? Since the first alpha release of Jessie was just made a week or so ago, this seems like a good time to take a look at it in detail.

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Debian Testing or Debian Stable
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You can also get the official Debian take on each release as well. The Debian FAQ also has an enormous amount of helpful information.

Frustrations with Linux
A Datamation writer lists some of his personal frustrations with Linux.

Running various Linux distributions on my own computers has been a mixed blessing over the years. While I've experienced many successes, something I don't talk about as often are the areas that frustrate me. In this article, I'll highlight my top list of Linux frustrations that bug me to this very day.

1. Android to PC music syncing
2. Special effects for videos
3. Microsoft Office compatibility
4. Photoshop expectations
5. Big box stores
6. Video drivers
7. Setting up gaming mice

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It's never fun to read that someone's having a bad time with certain aspects of Linux, but such criticism can be very helpful in improving the overall desktop Linux experience.

Five myths about elementary OS
The elementary OS blog has a helpful article that debunks some of the myths surrounding that desktop distribution.

Whether I'm browsing Google+, responding to tweets from @elementary, or telling friends about elementary in the flesh, I'm bound to hear some random myth about elementary that is just plain false. I've noticed a few (five, to be exact) that seem to keep cropping up. Rather than copy-pasta my response to each and every comment out there, I decided it'd be more worth my time to lay them out and tackle them one-by-one here.

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It's unfortunate that there is some confusion and misinformation out there about elementary OS, but kudos to Cassidy James for making the effort to dispel them.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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