[mythtv-users] How to avoid upgrade headaches

Steve Peters - Priority Electronics steve at priorityelectronics.com
Wed Nov 11 18:37:49 UTC 2009



Johnny wrote:
>> Why would they not put QT4 into their repositories but rather make you do a
>> complete upgrade? Are other distros this way? I can't imagine that distros
>> that upgrade every 1-2 years would do this, but I may be wrong.
>>     
>
> Yes this is standard. Once a release is made, they don't generally add
> *new* software to it. That is basically the definition of a release.
> They update and fix bugs but you don't generally add new versions,
> especially not major revisions like moving to QT4. Think about what
> you are saying, "Why don't they just put all of the new software into
> the old release?". That is basically what they are doing but when they
> get it all sorted out and working, it constitutes a new release. You
> may be thinking about the fact that a fair amount of software gets
> backported to older releases by various individuals. This works
> sometimes when you want to update one thing but not anything else.
> This works for stuff like a web browser or even mythtv (sometimes).
> But when you start doing that with more foundational components like
> QT4 you run into much more complex dependencies and you end up doing
> more work for less value and you end up more likely to have a broken
> system than if you do an upgrade.
> ____________________________________________
That makes sense. How can someone run a 3-4 year old system and have 
myth 0.22 at the same time?

-Thanks
-Steve
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