• Any packages to add to ignore for stability?


    I am new to rolling distros and I have used Antergos for about 2 months, and I really enjoy it. As it is my main machine it is of interest to have it running as stable as possible.

    I was wondering if there are any packages that is more likely to break the system, and if there is a good idea to put them on the ignore list and upgrade when properly prepared?

    Do you always update like the kernel, xorg, video drivers etc in your everyday -Syu?

  • Arch linux is mostly stable but there is always a chance, even though it is slim, something will break if you use non-intel harware. If that will be the case, someone usually sends announcement in this forums.

    I should say it is harder to maintain your system ignoring some packages and it is not recommended by arch developers. Keep in mind some updates are also due to security reasons. If you decide not to upgrade packages you should track security isssues in here.
    https://security.archlinux.org

  • @psscnp142 said in Any packages to add to ignore for stability?:

    Arch linux is mostly stable but there is always a chance, even though it is slim, something will break if you use non-intel harware. If that will be the case, someone usually sends announcement in this forums.

    I should say it is harder to maintain your system ignoring some packages and it is not recommended by arch developers. Keep in mind some updates are also due to security reasons. If you decide not to upgrade packages you should track security isssues in here.
    https://security.archlinux.org

    Thanks a lot for that information. I’ll keep cool and keep rollin’

  • @Ubiquitous
    The Arch wiki (on which Antergos is based) states that the system is not made for partial updates…
    But i guess is a wise decision if you’re unsure to use Antergos with LTS kernel, and perhaps change the login manager too.

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  • If you do not tinker the system , and have nothing exotic installed from AUR, keep the system updated and take a look to the news here: https://www.archlinux.org/news/ if something needs attention, and simple wait some days with update, to let us/them solve the problem.

    As @fernandomaroto says right: Using the LTS Kernel is a good option, as it will keeps version for long term (as it says) and you get rid of problems causing by kernel updates.
    Using another DM is an option, but depending on your DE For GNOME you are on the safest side with GDM, KDE - sddm, but they can brake too, special on non-intel graphics.
    So i keep a second one aside to use it if i get a failure on the other one, this do the job a lot of times.

    My Kids and my wife all running Antergos on different machines, no system where broken for the last 2 years, daily work like Browsing, playing games, and such, weekly updates, without tinkering, keep them save!

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
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  • @joekamprad said in Any packages to add to ignore for stability?:

    weekly updates, without tinkering, keep them save!

    Honestly, (coming from someone you routinely “breaks” their computer about every month:smile:) I think that the main reason that Arch Linux is known as “unstable” is because its users are not afraid to tinker with it. Like @joekamprad said, if you do not tinker with it, you should be safe! About every time I have broken my OS, it was directly due to exotic tinkering on my part! For normal users though, it should not be an issue ;).

    Hope this helps! (And good luck).

    Keep trying, never give up. In the end, you will find that it was all worth it

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  • OP here. Thanks everyone, you more or less confirmed what I’ve been thinking, and encountered. Cheers!

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