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Re: How do you "move to testinng/etch"?

On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 04:14:18 +0000
cmetzler@speakeasy.net used the keyboard to craft this:

  >|> Subject: How do you "move to testing/etch"?
  >|You may already know this, but just in case you don't . . .you need
  >|understand that the decision to track testing instead of stable or
  >|unstable is a serious one, with potentially serious hazards.  Many
  >|people have the concept in their heads that testing is a fairly
  >|robust distribution that's less risky than unstable -- something
  >|"more current than stable, but less dangerous than unstable."  That
  >|isn't true, because that isn't the purpose of testing.  When things
  >|break in testing, they can often stay that way for an extended
  >|of time -- viz. two occasions last year when first GNOME, and then
  >|KDE, were uninstallable out of testing, and broken for those
  >|testing closely, for more than a month in each case.  That's not
  >|because of the developers doing anything wrong; it's just the nature
  >|of what testing is.  If your reason for wanting to upgrade to
  >|is because you see it as splitting the difference between stable
  >|and unstable, you need to read about what testing is and how it's
  >|(automatically) put together.
  >|OTOH, if you already knew all the above, cool, sorry for being
  >|long-winded, maybe it'll be helpful to someone else.
It was, thank you.

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