anticapitalista wrote:I think there is a misconception about rolling release distros. Just because a distro is 'rolling' doesn't mean the user has to upgrade every time something enters the repos. You can just simply disable the repos and upgrade once a X determined by you.
My only experience is with PCLinuxOS. Although its a very easy to use distro and very stable, the rolling updates can cause problems from time to time. Tex (the developer) recommends updating continually. It is highly frowned upon to not keep your system updated. It seems that if you get behind on updates, when you do update you can have issues due to missing updates. They do not have separate repos for security or programs. All repos are mirrors. When you update, everything is updated. All installed programs get updated along with kde and I think even the kernel from time to time. The biggest issue I noticed was the kde updates, as they restored all settings and the desktop to default. So you basically lost your whole desktop and settings. It can be a real pain sometimes to get things back to good.
I don't know about debian based distros as PCLOS is rpm. Maybe debian based releases are different and you can wait with updates until you are ready or only install certain updates. But with PCLinuxOS, all updates are made to work together. Infact, before installing any program you must update your system first. (A practice I continue.) There really is no choice if you want to update or not. You either update continually or you update never. If you choose never, you also don't install new programs or security updates.
Like I said, some distros might be different. But I know at least PCLOS you must continually update or risk messing up your system. Usually its nothing beyond repair. But I want to use my system for work. Not for the entertainment of tinkering with my computer to fix things that went wrong in an update. That is why I will no longer consider a rolling release distro. Mepis has is absolutely correct by basing on stable and providing security updates and program updates through the community repos. I don't know of any other distro that does it this way. Its really what makes Mepis, Mepis, in my eyes.