!@#@!#@!- still learning what ‘long term support’ means

Things that are not good:

  • put all your class notes in something X-based
  • see an X update from Ubuntu before you go to class
  • decide not to install the X update, because, hey, you wouldn’t want a broken X right before class
  • read some email, have breakfast
  • remember you’re running not just any distro, but hey, the ‘Long Term Support’ distro- the one that presumably has, you know, a QA process. And no one would put out a package that breaks X in their Long Term Support, enterprise-ready distro, right?
  • install the upgrade
  • turn off the computer
  • go to class
  • turn on the computer
  • discover that you have no X, and class started two minutes ago.

Furious would not begin to describe how I felt. The internal dialog in my head was ‘!@!@#@!#. What actually well-supported distro can I switch to?’ because lets be clear- I’m running a stable distro for the first time in ages specifically to avoid shit like this. If the ‘stable’ distro still breaks my fucking X, it isn’t stable. Period. End of discussion. So I need another distro.

To ubuntu’s credit, there was an update in apt within a few minutes of when I got to class, so I was able to fix it by apt-get’ing again. But if your QA process for the Long Term Support distro let through an X update that broke X, well, your QA process still needs some work. (I understand that given the vast diversity of hardware X runs on, it isn’t possible to do perfect QA, but if it breaks a lot of machines, which it did, something went deeply wrong in your process.)

Side note: Abi’s XML is pretty noisy when you’re using outline mode. Turns out emacs + abi xml was not quite the savior I would have hoped it would be in my initial, paniced moments.