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Re: Sarge Release

As I understand it, "stability" in this context refers to the likelihood
of change, not the likelihood of crash. Back when it was "testing," I ran
woody with an uptime of >200 days with no crashes -- seems pretty stable
to me!  So don't assume that "stable" === "debian".  If you need the newer
versions, run testing (or unstable). If you don't, revel in the rock
solidity of woody.


Andrew J Perrin - http://www.unc.edu/~aperrin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
clists@perrin.socsci.unc.edu * andrew_perrin (at) unc.edu

On Mon, 21 Apr 2003, David Krider wrote:

> Don't get me wrong here. I've spent the past couple days installing and
> configuring Woody on 2 servers and a workstation, knowing full well what
> the package set looked like. However, I got to wondering if it's going
> to be another two years before Sarge releases (like Woody took). I
> understand that Debian doesn't make any predictions, but does anyone
> have a realistic idea?
> I want Debian to work for me. I'm fully behind the idea. I actually
> think that (part) of the terrible frustration I've had getting things to
> work is a good thing. I want to configure the various packages the way
> the developers of those packages thought they'd be configured, not
> necessarily the way that SuSE or Red Hat (for instance) build an
> (incomplete) wrapper around that process. Getting a desktop up and
> running on Woody wouldn't work for me. (I have a GeForce4 card, and
> XFree86 4.1 won't use that.) So I went to Sid on my workstation, which I
> did once before, but only for a few days. (When I tried Sid before, the
> bitmapped fonts in KDE were borked.)
> I've been running Linux full-time for about 5 years now, but I'm new to
> Debian. It seems to me that I can have really stable stuff that's a year
> or two old, or I can have spanky new stuff that might flake out. On the
> other hand, I'm amazed by the plethora of software in Debian. I say all
> of this to ask the following...
> Is there any sort of thought in the Debian developer community about
> cutting back on the number of packages and/or supported platforms in
> order to get the distro more on-par with others in terms of package
> currency? I was both excited and frightened when I read that Debian is
> looking to add various BSD kernels to their supported platforms list.
> It's a two-edged sword, but the bottom line is that it will surely drag
> out the release schedule to even longer timeframes.
> Maybe I'm asking the wrong list,
> dk
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