Linux Fixed vs Rolling Release Feedback – Freedom Penguin’s Unleaded

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Linux Fixed vs Rolling Release Feedback. Today we discuss Linux fixed releases vs Linux rolling releases. Ubuntu, Arch, PCLinuxOS and Solus are examined plus additional insights! Special thanks to my Gold Level Patreons: Thoughts on Linux Fixed vs Rolling Release Feedback?


  1. Bandwidth – Bandwidth – Bandwidth – Bandwidth – Bandwidth – Bandwidth – Bandwidth

    I live in DE, where Bw qua-l&nt-ity is 3rd-worldish while Bw cost&price is 1st-worldish.

    Endeavouring to limit Bw reliance, how does that affect your choice of fixed vs rolling?

    :_[[ hYlkeW (63y NL-Misanthropist & MGTOW-Monk/Hermit in DE)

  2. I prefer fixed LTS release (Ubuntu) and keep some parts like office and other software rolling with PPA from the developers. I'm still new and not very adventurous, so maybe this will keep the balance and hopefully get newer software without drastic changes to the base.

  3. Matt Hartley , OK, two issues. First, Linux is horrible at upgrading to new versions. Sure if you have ZERO customization, then, yeah, upgrading would be problem free…MAYBE! Second with rolling releases, the new updates will break your system. So either way, it's very annoying.

  4. Manjaro that can be used without the CLI, even for installing kernels. Is what I am being turned people with old laptops to.

    You avoid the 6 months upgrade and you probably will receive NO CALL, at all, and you probably will almost every 6 months with Ubuntu.

  5. All of my siblings are using Linux Mint KDE and my sister and my Dad using Elementary os. I yet have any issues or crashes. I just do the occasional updates and that's it. Im lazy so I'm glad to know things just work without having anyone ask about issues.

    I use Manjaro KDE 17 and it works really well on my high speced rig. It's works fast and I take the time to solve my problems if there are any. it's along with my other Linux partitions. I damn right distro hop lol

  6. Responses as I watch….

    Gonna cheat and say that my 'two machines' are a workstation PC and some form of laptop – fixed on both but virtualise rolling release distro on the laptop to keep testing it until I'm used to breakages and getting a working process going that fits any distros means to resolve it. Working around non-critical bugs until resolved.

    Just been looking into OpenSUSEs Tumbleweed on a personal basis. The value of virtualisation is the nuke and re-install. Eventually I'd want to move to bare metal.

    From a 'friends and family' start them with a fixed distribution AFTER introducing them to free software alternatives on existing Windows/Mac – find their ideal use case and meet it. Sometimes quite honestly Linux itself might not work for them. Agree with most of the points re wanting updates and support working on my schedule. Usage example here at home, sadly my wife will never move to Linux personally, sadly :(, but she most definitely embraces FOSS technologies like LibreOffice and GiMP etc etc now. Negotiations for full OS transfer to Linux are ongoing lol.

    I really like the approach of customising Linux DEs to familiar setups. Like Windows/macOS – hence MATE being a great DE.

    My rolling release choices would be antergos (MATE) and UpenSUSE Tumbleweed (of course GNOME 3.24/MATE DE).

    Looking forward to your video outlining your own views re 'For The Record' Matt.

  7. First. I was against rolling based on stability. I went to rolling after unstable fixed releases. Two years on rolling after nearly 20 with fixed. No issues. far less than recent fixed distro memories.

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