A quick read through the lengthy thread on the PureOS rolling release makes me cautious to switch to the new Byzantium release. Overall I didn’t have any major issues when using/maintaining my Librem with Amber when it was a rolling release and appreciated the regular updates to various applications I use.
I would like to switch to the new rolling release, but I have 2 doubts,
If you read the PureOS rolling release thread, you know that less than a month ago there was a problem with Byzantium that stopped some systems from getting a login. IMO, this sort of error is not worth the benefit of a rolling release. Therefore, I would recommend waiting. I am going to wait until Purism does the switch for me.
I think it has been hinted that it would just be a normal (routine) upgrade, other than that the download and time to complete will be substantial. You won’t know for sure until it happens.
A decision between A and B depends on your level of expertise to resolve problems when they arise and whether your use of the computer will tolerate the disruption of putting your time towards doing so. If it were me, I would go Amber - and that’s not just because of the recent specific problem with gnome shell.
You can never have too many computers though. So if you really want to play with the latest version of package X then have the best of both worlds - one stable and one rolling. When rolling is broken you can at least fall back on stable. Maybe you can do this via VMs.
Those are the correct steps. I used the same to go from amber to byzantium.
But there are frequent problems and I would certainly not recommend upgrading to byzantium right now. Personally I paid too little heed to the warnings and expected a more-or-less working rolling release, but it’s more like early alpha testing.
Agreed 100%. I switched to Byzantinum for about 6 month and finally decided to toss it and go back to Amber (by freshly installing everything from scratch). Truth be told, it was not only a Byzantinum issue but also that I tested many many thing out on my system. However, it is becoming a much more integral part of my daily work now and thus I do need the stability.
Yes, it is working great. I’ve been using Byzantium with GNOME Wayland. There were some initial issues with conflicting packages, and I was getting quite frustrated with that, but haven’t had any of those for months!
I’m still careful around running apt-get upgrade though, to not uninstall half my system