Please help me switch my Linux ONE LAST TIME!!!
I'm hoping to find a Linux distro that I can use for life... or should I say will stick with me for life. So I'm looking for a Linux that I can use and update over time. Here's why...
I selected PCLinuxOS 2009 back in July of '08 after a pretty exhaustive (and exhausting) search. Installation was not a trivial matter. I have dual screens and some legacy hardware that was a chore to get running. Never got my TV tuner to work, but I'm OK with that. WINE was another challenge, but eventually I got that working too.
Things were great until mid-2010 when PCLinuxOS 2010 was released and '09 repositories were frozen. That was OK, but then later in the year, the '09 repositories were removed. So I could no longer install old apps that used to be available. I don't need them often, but when I do I have no options.
The reason I didn't update to 2010 is because there is no update avaiable. You had to do a clean install, start from scratch, and re-install all of your applications. This is exactly why I quit Windows! After my Vista crashed with a KSOD, I had a choice of starting from scratch with Windows or Linux. I picked Linux thinking my path forward would not be interrupted with start-overs. Recently I've run into some old WINE bugs which force me to find a way to update WINE. There's no repository for my Synaptic to get code and there are no RPMs available for my system.
So I'm at the crossroads again. This time I want to install an OS which will always (at least for more than a couple years) let me upgrade instead of having to reinstall.
So my questions is, Is there a Linux with a long history and a philosophy of in-place upgrade installs as opposed to clean installs?
Naturally, I would like something that is highly compatible and mostly uses GUI for management and configuration.
Hope I'm not asking for too much. Suggestions and recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.