Posted by: Anonymous
on February 25, 2008 06:55 PM
You should have put it in a simpler way: Parsix = Debian testing + selected Ubuntu 8.04 backports + some extra tools (e.g. from Kanotix), adapted + a newer kernel + own theme + debian-multimedia.org repositories added by default.
This is why Parsix had to update its kernel independently of Debian testing (and it did, watch for Bug #84).
The advantages: "rolling-release Debian testing", reasonably stable and with newer packages than Etch (Etch doesn't even have Claws Mail), even newer packages in a few selected cases (because of rebuilding from an unreleased yet Ubuntu Hardy), a good default selection of packages, some extra advantages for Iranian users.
Disadvantages: theoretically less stable than Etch, theoretically less stable than Debian testing, possible inherited issues from Ununtu Hardy. (In my case, I had to forcefully downgrade Brasero from 0.7.1 to 0.6.1 from Debian testing.)
As for "Parsix doesn't include an applet for update alerts", this is ridiculous: what prevents you to install and run update-notifier? You should have made clear that this is only about the selection on the CD.
Also, you can't prove the assertion with regards to "Iceweasel, which tends to be a bit more finicky than Firefox": simply put, it uses Debian Lenny's Iceweasel (already 188.8.131.52, should you update it).