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A couple of Debian questions

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(Using wheezy btw)

1. How do I use apt-cdrom to add a USB stick (with the installation image dd'd to it)? Simply doing "apt-cdrom d=[mountpoint] add" had no effect... I ended up adding a deb file: entry to my sources.list to install some stuff off the stick first so that's all good, but I'm just curious - I've never managed to make any use of apt-cdrom with USB sticks, what am I doing wrong?

2. How do people find tracking testing? I know it doesn't really matter right now since wheezy is being frozen, but after wheezy becomes stable I'm considering tracking testing instead... how stable is it? How bad can it break (no X/desktop, just broken apps or what)? Do you usually keep the whole system up to date or just select software that you want (and is either approach better/worse)?

I'll probably come up with more later.
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(Using wheezy btw)

1. How do I use apt-cdrom to add a USB stick (with the installation image dd'd to it)? Simply doing "apt-cdrom d=[mountpoint] add" had no effect... I ended up adding a deb file: entry to my sources.list to install some stuff off the stick first so that's all good, but I'm just curious - I've never managed to make any use of apt-cdrom with USB sticks, what am I doing wrong?

2. How do people find tracking testing? I know it doesn't really matter right now since wheezy is being frozen, but after wheezy becomes stable I'm considering tracking testing instead... how stable is it? How bad can it break (no X/desktop, just broken apps or what)? Do you usually keep the whole system up to date or just select software that you want (and is either approach better/worse)?

I'll probably come up with more later.

can't answer the first one but I had a testing vm going for maybe 6 months before wheezy froze. a likely thing was to see "package maintainer has a new version of a modified file, replace or keep' then if you recognize it, you decide, if you don't most of the time I just installed the new version with no trouble. for broken packages, they are most of the time fixed in days and occur few and far between. only non-foss stuff says broken for long time periods (ie AMD non-foss driver or F@H)
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Package wise you should be fine. I've been using testing for 2 years and haven't had any packages break. As long as you pay attention to what updates come in and what's being changed you'll be fine. Something that I have noticed is a lot of packages are moving away from deprecated packages and using more common ones, such as xfce4 moving to use policy-kit (this is when xfce4.8 first came out)
So package breakages? Not all that likely, as long as you can keep track of what's coming in. thumb.gif
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a good site for debian users

http://edos.debian.net/weather/
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If you want to stay testing regardless of the freeze us "testing" in your sources.

deb http://url/debian testing main

When the freeze stops it'll update everything to the new testing and you continue to be testing without having to change your system to anything.
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