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Re: Bug#484009: Bug#484129: release.debian.org: packages in tasks should be fixed in priority and removed in last resort after discussion

Mike Bird <mgb-debian@yosemite.net> writes:

> An alternative approach would be for packages to be retained in
> Testing for the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of desktop and
> laptop users who need to use Testing, and for the few members of the
> release team to use a filtered package list. The filtered package
> list would become the next Stable.

You're describing exactly the filter that led to the creation of
Debian 'testing'. That is, the Debian 'testing' branch *is* the
filtered package list that is a candidate to become the next Debian
'stable'. That is 'testing's explicit purpose, and any other
interpretation is secondary.

The users who need packages that are not good enough to be candidates
for 'stable' have the 'unstable' branch available, as always.

If none of 'oldstable', 'stable', 'testing', or 'unstable' are
satisfactory for some subset of users, then those users *still* have
the options to either look at unofficial Debian branches elsewhere or
create and maintain an alternative themselves.

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Ben Finney

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