Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Poll Results

It's been a long two months since Slackware 12.1 is published and people have given their vote for the poll and it's time to show the result of the poll. The question was "Slackware 12.1 Released. What would you do?" We have a definite winner and here's the result:
Run fresh installation 131 (57%)
Manually upgrade (using upgradepkg) 39 (17%)
Automatic upgrade (using tools, such as slackpkg) 25 (10%)
Wait for public review and testing 3 (1%)
Running test in other test system 3 (1%)
Running in virtualization system 5 (2%)
Stick with the old version for now 11 (4%)
Stick with the Linux distribution i used currently 2 (0%)
Migrating to Slackware 10 (4%)

The majority of the voters chose to run fresh installation with more than half of the votes. Probably because they didn't want to go intro troubles for manual upgrades. The main reason is that you must do the proper ways unless you want to have a broken system (for example segfault condition all the time just because you forgot to upgrade glibc-solibs library in the beginning of the upgrade process).

Some people also love the availability of automatic tools that could help them upgrade to the next version. While i don't like this approach, some people think of it as a shortcut, because they don't have to think about lots of things as it has been taken care by the tools. Some tools are good at doing their jobs, and some don't, so pick it wisely big grin

I personally picked manually upgrade using upgradepkg, because i used -Current on my daily basis, so the default Slackware package management tools (pkgtools) is adequate for me. As long as you read the instructions, you will not get burned cool I have proven this for myself, as my laptop was based on Slackware 10.1 and i never ran fresh installation whenever next Slackware has been released. I upgraded them manually using upgradepkg and so far, it works perfectly love struck