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Re: unstable is "unstable"; stable is "outdated"

If ONLY there was some way to make testing get security updates faster...
then I am almost sure "testing" would become the choice for many people
running servers and such. It almost sounds like Redhat 7.2 (compared side
to side).

Options are:
1) "unstable"
pros: Very up to date,
cons:  Occasion big bug that can do damage
user:  Someone who knows there way around Linux pretty well and likes to
say,"I use unstable 'cause I'm so cool!"

2) "testing"
pros: Pretty up to date, very stable
cons:  May have the latest-greatest version of an app a week or two after
your buddy using "unstable".  Last to get security upgrades.
user:  Someone who actually uses their computer to get work done and is
less worried about being the latest greatest cool guy.  Someone who laughs
at their co-working trying to figure out why init keeps bombing after his
last "unstable" upgrade.

3) "stable"
pros: Rock stable, quicker security updates than testing.
cons:  old
user: critical server.

Most of these characterization are user standpoint.  If I had a server
that was super critical, I'd use stable (or *BSD).  The two servers I have
don't have a huge load and it's not a big deal if they go down (not to
sound like a huge power user, 'cause I'm talking about a home network and
a minor server at work).  I have testing on them.

In short, if you're a user, it doesn't make sense to use stable.  Use
testing or unstable and you're system will be as "up to date", if not
more, as any distro.  If you're running a server, just use testing, unless
security is a big issue.  Then use stable.  Or use testing and keep a
watch on the linux security pages, and manually apply the newest patches
when they come out.

IMHO, there is a level for any use inside the various debian trees.  The
biggest problem from a PR standpoint for debian is in the names.

Feel free to disagree with any point I made, 'cause I'm not as good as I

On 2/2/02 at 6:39 AM Jason Lim wrote:

>On 2/1/02 at 4:25 PM Tim Quinlan wrote:
>>> kernel, etc... and as we all know, jumping from "stable" to "unstable"
>>> problem-prone and doesn't worth flawlessly every time.
>>Why jump all the way to unstable, why not use testing?  Testing is
>>usually stable enough for most applications plus the various software
>>packages are pretty up to date.
>>In my experience unstable is pretty damn stable as well.  I upgraded a
>couple of boxen from stable to unstable a little over a >year ago and
>haven't been bit by any of the big bugs.  I just check the mailing lists
>and debian planet to see if anything big >has popped up before doing an
>apt-get update && apt-get upgrade.  Obviously these aren't servers.
>In my experience as well. As I said in a previous post, i've heard that
>testing is the last to get security updates, which is not acceptable if
>you're running servers.
>>I think the only problem with debian is the naming.  Changing nothing
>the name from "unstable" to "cutting edge" or
>> something and there wouldn't be close to the outcry about how 'behind'
>debian is.  IMHO.
>Well, there more or less needs to be more frequent "stable" releases...
>something along the lines of Redhat's quick releases. Okay... Redhat
>again.. i know i know... but you've got to admit they've got the release
>aspect of their distro pretty good. They are business people over there,
>and they know how frequent business users like to have updates, and when
>critical updates should be released.
>I'm just wondering if it is even POSSIBLE to follow the frequent release
>schedule that Redhat follows, or if it is not possible because most/all
>the developers for Debian are volunteers and won't "work" to such a tight
>schedule. If we can find and identify the problems not allowing
>releases, perhaps a solution can be found?


Is uniformity attainable?  Millions of innocent men, women, and
children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt,
tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards
uniformity.  What has been the effect of coercion?  To make one half
of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
  -- Thomas Jefferson

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