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Hello, I have a question about the linux distro's. I am mainly a developer so I always need to newest software available. Something like gcc, clang etc. I read that ...
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    Linux distro question


    Hello,

    I have a question about the linux distro's.
    I am mainly a developer so I always need to newest software available. Something like gcc, clang etc.
    I read that some distro's aren't upgrading frequently. I am not sure what this means.

    Does this mean that I am not able to find the newest software in the package manager or does this apply to system crucial programs?

    I am a windows user and I just wanted to give linux a try because I am a fan of open software.
    I started with arch linux 3 days ago, and I got it running. But I am constantly ruining into so many problems. Maybe I should switch to a beginner friendlier distro.
    What I like was the packet manager pacman. It was extremely easy to install the newest software.


    What distro is beginner friendly, stable and allows me to install the newest non system crucial software?

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    Hello and welcome!

    You can install the latest released software on any distro if you install from source tarballs, but that is not the recommended way to install software, especially for those new to Linux. Debian provides a "stable" release, but it doesn't always include the latest software. You can go for the Debian "unstable" or "testing" branch for newer software, but they are likely to be less stable otherwise. You can even mix the branches, but doing that can present its own problems.

    You might be best off to continue with Arch if you mostly want the latest software, and a nice package tool. The only way to know for sure would be to test other distros (or branches) and make up your own mind about what works well for you and your hardware.
    oz

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    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    Hello and welcome!

    You can install the latest released software on any distro if you install from source tarballs, but that is not the recommended way to install software, especially for those new to Linux. Debian provides a "stable" release, but it doesn't always include the latest software. You can go for the Debian "unstable" or "testing" branch for newer software, but they are likely to be less stable otherwise. You can even mix the branches, but doing that can present its own problems.

    You might be best off to continue with Arch if you mostly want the latest software, and a nice package tool. The only way to know for sure would be to test other distros (or branches) and make up your own mind about what works well for you and your hardware.
    Yes thanks,
    I think I will test Sabayon 11 now. It also seems to fit my needs.

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