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Re: How Buster release may affect Unstable?

On Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 11:51:10PM +0200, Matthew Crews wrote:
> On 7/1/19 10:24 AM, Default User wrote:
> > Hi.
> > 
> > Easy question, maybe hard to answer . . . 
> > 
> > Is someone has an existing conventional Unstable setup (nothing exotic
> > in hardware or software), what if any special actions should be taken
> > before, during, or after the impending release of the new Stable?
> Be ready for Unstable to become...well, unstable again.
> Right now Unstable is mostly frozen due to the imminent release of
> Buster. Shortly (immediately?) after Buster is released, Unstable will
> be unfrozen, and the good 'ol Debian Sid everyone knows and loves will
> be back.

Officially, only "testing" gets really frozen, but still unstable might
be seen as "slush" during that time. Quoting from [1]:

  6.5.1 What about "testing"? How is it `frozen'?

  When the "testing" distribution is mature enough, the release
  manager starts `freezing' it [...]

  After a while, the "testing" distribution becomes truly `frozen'

  When a "testing" release becomes `frozen', "unstable" tends
  to partially freeze as well. This is because developers are
  reluctant to upload radically new software to unstable

So expect those "reluctant developers" to go a bit wild after
the release :-)


[1] https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ch-ftparchives#s-frozen

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