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Re: The stable/testing/unstable branches not a solution ?

On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 10:50:50PM -0600, Joel Konkle-Parker wrote:
> >>...
> >>The server systems that require consistency in their environments would 
> >>simply use the base system, which would consist of the basic 'server' 
> >>packages.
> >
> >
> >What's a "basic 'server' package" that wouldn't be updated for a long 
> >time in your scheme?
> >
> >Perl?
> >PHP?
> >SpamAssassin?
> All of the above? I'm not real sure, I haven't fleshed out in my mind 
> which packages would go where. I see the base system consisting of 
> infrastructure packages that form kind of a base set of tools. Things 
> that would cause mass breakage if updated regularly without a release 
> process. So definately Perl. Add-ons would consist of desktop 
> environment stuff, IM clients, games, e-mail clients, etc.

It seems you think it would be easy to sort the packages that way, and 
this would meet everyone's needs.

But let's make an example:

PHP is definitely a package that is used on servers and not on
desktops - but I've heard serveral people complaining that the Version 
in Debian 3.0 is too outdated for their needs.

And assume some important piece of hardware in a server requires a new 
major release of the kernel (e.g. currently 2.6): You might have to wait 
many years until the next base system with support for this kernel will 
be available before you can install Debian on your brand-new server.

> Joel Konkle-Parker



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