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Re: Desktop user: Etch or the next testing?

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Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 04/02/07 13:10, Wei Chen wrote:
>> Ron Johnson wrote:
>>> It's not officially supported in Stable because the policy is that
>>> Stable only gets security updates, not feature updates.
>> Oh, didn't know that.
> Yup.
> http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-getting.en.html#s-updatestable
>     No new functionality is added to the stable release. Once
>     a Debian version is released and tagged `stable' it will
>     only get security updates. That is, only packages for which
>     a security vulnerability has been found after the release
>     will be upgraded. All the security updates are served through
>     security.debian.org.
>     Security updates serve one purpose: to supply a fix for a
>     security vulnerability. They are not a method for sneaking
>     additional changes into the stable release without going
>     through normal point release procedure. Consequently, fixes
>     for packages with security issues will not upgrade the soft-
>     ware. The Debian Security Team will backport the necessary
>     fixes to the version of the software distributed in `stable'
>     instead.
>>> Another important question: are you a "user" who just wants to get
>>> his work done, or a "computer geek enthusiast"?
>> I am mainly the first type, but I occasionally want to play with my
>> computer.
> So, how important is it for you to have (relatively) recent versions
> of client software (NOTING that current stable uses the ancient
> firefox 1.0.4, and that sticking with stable would mean that Etch
> will be at iceweasel when it is just as antique as FF 1.0.4
> is now)?

So I'd say that maybe Stable is really not for Desktop use. Testing is
the best choice because it is neither too dangerous nor too old.

After listening to the suggestions on the list, I have made my decision
that I shall first stick with Etch for a while and then upgrade to
Testing when I find it too old for me. Thanks. :)

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Wei Chen
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