Re: Dropping testing (was: Re: Bits (Nybbles?) from the Vancouver release team meeting)
On Thu, Mar 17, 2005 at 12:29:28AM +0000, Darren Salt wrote:
> I demand that Adrian Bunk may or may not have written...
> > And without testing, all these transition problems wouldn't exist.
> And without testing, there are those who currently use testing who'd use
> stable instead, or possibly go elsewhere.
> (I'm currently using testing. Updating an installation from unstable over a
> dial-up connection isn't /quite/ what I want...)
Even if you are using unstable, noone forces you to update all packages
on a daily basis.
The main reason of people I know who are currently using testing is
simply that Debian stable is much too outdated for being useful.
I do believe that it was still possible to release a new stable Debian
once a year  - and that this was still possible using a "traditional
freeze" without testing.
For making testing really usable, security support would be required.
This requires manpower (that might perhaps be available).
And it requires something else:
The testing scripts would have to handle build dependencies as if they
This shouldn't be too hard to implement, but my impression is, that the
sole reason why it isn't implemented until now is, that it would
increase the amount of manual work required by both the release team and
all Debian developers even more.
And this leaves still the question whether it's worth sacrificing eight
 no, I'm not talking about point releases
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