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Rolling release vs Fixed release, new debate

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One of the reasons that led me to write this article has been a post appeared on the Greg Kroah-Hartman Google+ page, in which he says he has adopted type distributions rolling release on almost every computer in your home. Although the name of this man probably does not sound like many, we can say that he is one of the most important and influential people in the development of Linux.

Many of you may be wondering what exactly a distribution is rolling release. Basically, it is a distribution that follows a continuous development model, and that does not have a version number or from which new installation images are released from time to time. This continuous launch model It can be done in two ways: releasing packages and small changes adapted to the development rhythm set for the distro, and replacing a previous image of the system with a newer one as changes are added to it.

The rest of distributions that do not comply with this form are usually called fixed release, and comprise a good number of distros They are used regularly. As for what distributions are in each group, in the model rolling release we can place Gentoo, Arch Linux, Manjaro, Sabayon and the Factory version of OpenSUSE. In the model fixed release We can place Ubuntu, Debian, the current versions of OpenSUSE, Fedora and many more.

It would be logical to think that the model rolling release being the favorite of the developers, who are usually those who want to try the latest versions of the programs. In addition, the model it has become immensely popular in recent years, but it's not about anything new: Gentoo is one of the distros more veteran in this subject – besides being one of the "parents" of Chrome OS – and has been applying this model for 15 years.

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<p>Apart from this little data, something important must be taken into account: A distribution may be <em>rolling release</em> always offer us <strong>the latest news</strong> with respect to <em>software</em> We have installed in our operating system, in addition to eliminating the need to update between versions or be aware of end-of-support dates. This is the most significant of how much they can contribute to our installation of Linux.</p>
<p>Now, here is the second part of the argument. With a distribution <em>rolling release</em> we will always have the last and best <em>software</em>but maybe <strong>has not been tested in depth</strong> and turn our installation into something unstable. With a <em>distro</em> of the kind <em>fixed release</em> This has fewer numbers to go through, since normally everything has gone through a thorough test period before and what usually comes to the user is always the most stable, but not the newest.</p>
<p><em>What will be better for you as a user?</em> I can understand the arguments for and against one model and another, but if you are using a <em>distro</em> Linux on a daily basis and in productivity environments or without being a developer, I will personally tell you to bet on <strong>something of the kind <em>fixed release</em></strong>. Of course, if you are a more advanced user and want to have more knowledge of how Linux works, then I will tell you to opt for one of the kind <em>rolling release</em>.</p>
<p>I personally prefer that the distribution reaches my computer without problems, yet conveniently tested and knowing that there will be <strong>major risks of instability</strong>, despite having used Arch Linux in the past. <em>Do you think a rolling release model is better than the traditional one? Why?</em> Leave us a comment with your ideas.</p>
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