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Re: new to debian

On Fri 11 Jan 2002, Falk Hueffner wrote:
> If you like frequent updates, you can stay with the "unstable"

I recommend "testing" over "unstable" for people who don't read
debian-devel before breakfast :-)

Unstable is basically the incoming distribution; new packages that are
uploaded are put into unstable, and after a period of time (basically 10
days) if there aren't any serious bugs open on the package, the package
migrates to testing. The thinking is that testing should be in a state
ready to be released at any moment, as the unstable distribution should
catch any bad errors in packages (e.g. a libc screwup that would render
your whole system unusable, to name one example from the past :-)

Paul Slootman

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