RavenLX wrote:... The home edititions are based on Debian Testing and they worked pretty well for me.
I am trying to not be too pedantic here but the current SolydXK home editions, while based
on Debian Testing, have been "sanitized" by using the Update Packs and the separate SolydXK repos. This means that the SolydXK testing team ensure that packages from Debian Testing work reasonably well with the existing software.
The new SolydXK EE will not have such "protection" as the user will be running Debian Testing directly. This repo changes on a continuous basis with, inevitably, frequent breakages. The EE user will therefore have to either live with these breakages until they are fixed, or figure out and resolve the problem themselves. Hopefully, there will be some
community support for EE but the user will be left to their own devices far more than the current system of "handholding" by the SolydXK team.
RavenLX wrote:... Sometimes stable editions can be so old that bug fixes in the "Testing" versions are necessary to make things work right, or people need the newest version of software to get the newer features they need.
If a new feature is really
needed then backports are the recommended method of allowing certain packages to be upgraded to a later version. Although this is the best way to add newer software to Debian Stable, backports (and the associated apt-pinning) are not without risk and so should still be used as little as possible and
with great caution if the stability of the system is not to be degraded.
RavenLX wrote:... I would think having an ISO for these versions every so often would be great because then you're not downloading a large amount of updates. I've tried BE and it just was too old and was annoying to use in many ways and actually more buggy than the Testing (Home) version. I needed the newer versions of KDE and other things in the Testing repo becuase those actually worked better and newer features made things easier to use.
As I said earlier, there are very few updates for a Debian Stable system throughout its life and so one ISO is quite sufficient IMO. However, if you are referring to Debian Testing (the new EE), you are chasing a moving target and so any ISO would change on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Accordingly, it would be quite a challenge to regularly release new ISOs for Debian Testing.