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Android 4.2, tablets, and related thoughts
Posted Nov 21, 2012 19:24 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:47 UTC (Thu) by robert_s (subscriber, #42402)
As a user of debian systems that have been seamlessly updated through several releases this seems like the stone age to me.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:54 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 14:34 UTC (Thu) by niner (subscriber, #26151)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 23:20 UTC (Thu) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
Debian allowed upgrades from one version to the next even before APT came out. I have a Debian installation on one computer that I made around 1995 or so and have only upgraded since (with an occasional »cp -a« to a new machine). This includes upgrades from a.out to ELF and from libc5 to libc6.
On the other hand, doing SUSE upgrades was touch-and-go. For example, the first SUSE I had was 7.3, and going from there to 8.x was practically impossible. At the time even the SUSE people we had to deal with recommended doing a full reinstall instead, which went faster and broke less stuff.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 14:31 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
I bought a Nexus 7 a while ago when I realised I would be without any of my computers for several days it has seen occasional use ever since. A while ago I heard about Android 4.2, and within a week of that a dialog popped up. Did I want to upgrade now, or would I prefer to do so in my own time? I was busy, so I picked later, and some hours later I remembered the offer, checked the relevant Settings page and updated.
One reboot later I was running Android 4.2. It was seamless, all my settings were left alone, everything was as I had left it, but now I had new features. One of the 3rd party apps I had broke due to some infelicity or other, it got an update later that week which fixed the incompatibility with 4.2, I would say that it was very like upgrading Fedora, except much faster and less scary.
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