Recently, I came face-to-face with the reality that the current setup I have now is really the best one for me right now. I tried upgrading to a new Slackware64-current release, and everything went well, except for the secondary display, which would turn on and off at random intervals during KDE startup, and when the desktop came up, the monitor (LCD TV?) continued the behavior, with the added benefit that my desktop on my laptop’s screen was lacking a taskbar. Obviously a deal-breaker for me, as if the odd behavior on my secondary monitor wasn’t already. I thank God that I thought to make a backup image of my root partition before launching into my latest upgrade episode. ‘dd’ is such a versatile little program. These people who are on Windows are missing out on all the great tools that Linux provides for free…
This brings me to an important realization: Just because something is newer does not necessarily mean that it’s better. Sometimes the old versions are really the best, and I only realized that in hindsight, after my upgrade attempts ended up with egg on my face, figuratively speaking.
Free software enables a person to upgrade frequently at no cost, and that can lead to ‘kid-in-a-candy-store’ syndrome in a lot of people, yours truly included. Upgrades have the unfortunate side effect of occasionally blowing up in one’s face, as many of us can testify. I have a very comfortable setup which is phenomenally fast and stable. To illustrate just how old my software is, let me give a small table of what I have running on my computer, versus what is the current version of the same software:
What I Have Current Version (as of this posting)
KDE (4.9.5) KDE (4.11.2)
Kernel (3.9.11)(EOL’d) Kernel (3.11.4)
AMD Catalyst 13.1 AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta2
So, while my setup isn’t the latest version of everything, what it is is stable. As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Sage advice well worth following, in my opinion.