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Re: How stable is the frozen stretch?

Michael Milliman wrote:
> On 05/07/2017 04:19 PM, RavenLX wrote:
>> On 05/07/2017 04:33 PM, cbannister@kinect.co.nz wrote:
>>> By the way, the words "unstable" "stable" as used in the distribution
>>> names
>>> don't mean likely to crash, --- it refers to the amount of changes
>>> occurring, i.e. 'stable' has no new packages entering it, and
>>> supposedly only
>>> security updates, whereas "unstable" is unstable because there are many
>>> changes occuring on a constant basis.
>> Thank you for this info. I admit I always thought "unstable" meant it
>> might still have bugs or still be in beta. I don't mind when things
>> change frequently because sometimes this is how one can get new features
>> in a newer version of a program.
> Yeah, this is one of the main things sited as a drawback to the Debian
> distribution....packages are sometimes a little older than in other
> distributions.  But, this is because the Debian developers spend so much
> time making sure that they work properly in the distribution before they
> are released in the repositories.  As a result, things change a lot less
> frequently.  The benefit of this is that Debian is 'stable' in all
> senses of the word...few serious bugs and system instability, and little
> or no instability in what is part of the distribution.  For many people,
> especially businesses, this stability is important.  For others, like
> myself, I can afford a little more instability, and so can deal with any
> instability in testing for the benefit of getting newer versions of the
> packages and run Testing (Stretch).

> Many people also run Experimental (Sid) for the benefit of 
> bleeding-edge versions of software, but a lot of instability 
> (in all senses of the word).

  please note that Experimental is not the same as
unstable (Sid).  it is yet another repository and has no
claims of usability at all.


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