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Re: Current Corresponding Ubuntu Version

On Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:13:19 -0400
Dan Ritter <dsr@randomstring.org> wrote:


> Packages in unstable are freshly compiled and have no security
> support. You should expect them to change rapidly, have major
> bugs, and not have those bugs fixed quickly.

To clarify: while it is true that

"there are no security updates for unstable"

and that

"The fact is that some security issues might appear in unstable and not
in the stable distribution. This is due to new functionality constantly
being added to the applications provided there, as well as new
applications being included which might not yet have been thoroughly

it is also true that

"When a security fix is prepared, the Security Team backports the patch
to stable (since stable is usually some minor or major versions
behind). Package maintainers are responsible for preparing packages for
the unstable branch, usually based on a new upstream release. Sometimes
the changes happen at nearly the same time and sometimes one of the
releases gets the security fix before. Packages for the stable
distribution are more thoroughly tested than unstable, since the latter
will in most cases provide the latest upstream release (which might
include new, unknown bugs).

Security updates are available for the unstable branch usually when the
package maintainer makes a new package and for the stable branch when
the Security Team make a new upload and publish a DSA."


So while it's true that unstable doesn't get dedicated security
support, it's an open question as to whether unstable or stable will
get any given security fix first.


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