Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

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ArchLinuxLogoThis just a short infodump on y’all. About Linux. What else, eh? You might’ve figured out, even when not playing and/or using Linux yourself, alone by reading the one or other blogpost, that your editrix is not only a huge fangrrl of GNU/Linux OSes but of a certain “family” (main branch) of Linuxes. My chosen favourite sorta Linux is called ArchLinux. And even tho I never use the pure vanilla Arch, I’m using derivatives thereof. Distros that are more or less based on Arch (like Manjaro for example) or are the real Arch by all means and definitions. With the only difference being that they come with an installer that can be handled by housewifeys and/or pre-installed dektop environments (like my new favourite Namib GNU/Linux).


Ok, so far so boring. What I really wanted to tell you is that ArchLinux is a so-called Rolling Release model. Which means: Install once, do all the updates and forget about the rest. So once you install ArchLinux – or any instances thereof – on your computer it might very well be the last time you ever needed to do it. You’re just rolling along from update to update and you’ll always have the latest and greatest software on your PC. Yes, I said software since all Linuxes update your whole system, including all installed apps., not just security stuff n shit. But everything!

Typical ArchLinux update on Orc’s desktop: Just open, type in your name to authenticate, and roll on!

Cool, hey?

Depends. Depending on the update model you follow you might shovel some untested, risky stuff on your machine. Whoa! Dangerous. So not everyone might feel comfy with that edgy lifestyle and chose some more conservative update tactics. Also when you receive 3 -4 updates, like, each and every day you might feel a bit overwhelmed and wanna have your peace and quiet back. And since the Arch community is a very antsy one, highly productive and clever, you’ll usually get a lot of updates. Sometimes 3 per day, sometimes up to 6. See, this ain’t a huge problem, we’re not on funky Windows here. In Linux you just start the update and keep on doing what you’re doing. You machine happily updates in the background and all it affects is your internet speed. I can usually even watch YouTube videos during the update. And mainly those updates don’t even take very long, some are done in a matter of seconds, most take a couple minutes. It all depends on your chosen servers and your internet speed of course. Oh, and also important, you don’t have to update! Remember this ain’t bloody Windows. You decide when you click on the update button and if you gonna update at all. You can even do partial updates. As you can see in the screenshot I can unclick any of the stuff they wanna shovel on my PC.


Windows, I dare you, can you do that as well?

But for many users it’s a hassle and a safety and security risk. And they need to think about their computer. That’s not very convenient, is it?

UbuntuLogoThis explains the grand success Linuxes from the Ubuntu family tree have. Ubuntu and its thousands of derivatives is a static release model. Every year they publish 2 new distros, one in April and one in October. Between those release dates you only receive the neccesary security updates.

That’s a fine, relaxed lifestyle, no?

No, not really. Highly nervous users like Orcsibaby always feel more or less behind the curve whenever she’s forced to work on any Ubuntu-type program (Mint, Linux Lite, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, LSLE  …) and also she doesn’t like to set up her whole computer every 6 month.

So, you see the choice is yours. It always is in Linux! You own the shit. Your PC and your software. And you don’t let any corporation decide what’s best for you … and when. Even if you say Pffrz about such political-philosophical questions and decisions you at least have to make one: Once you’re ready to install your first Linux you can stay static with them *buntus or roll with the rollers.

DebianLogoPS: You can also go with something like any Debian derivatives. Theoretically Debian is rolling but in reality its glacier-like update policies makes it a very good distro for all the undecided. No need to ever install it again since it’s always kept kinda updated, on the other hand you get the legendary rocksolidstable! that make Debian the OS of choice for most internet servers.

Since Debian, by its very nature, is a clunky beast and remarkably housewife unfriendly, you should of course go for any of its offspring like Linux Mint Debian Edition or the fashionable MX15 … 16 … 17 … 18 … They are installable by dummies (although Orca often fails that specific task) and come with multiple desktops to choose from.

As I said earler: It’s all there for you, ladies n gents. The choice is yours!


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