[linux] Debian Install: 1 CD
pgarland at u.washington.edu
Wed Sep 24 15:11:32 PDT 2003
> There are three versions of standard Debian around at most times:
> stable boring, dated and reliable (currently 3.0 aka woody)
> ..only security updates.
> testing Not cutting edge but generally useable and stable
> especially towards the end of the cycle
> unstable Adventure with every update!
> When "testing" moves to "stable", "unstable" moves to "testing" and
> a new "unstable" makes its appearance.
That's not quite correct. When a major release is planned, a snapshot of Testing is made and
named Frozen and only bug fixes are allowed to it. When a release is made, Frozen becomes
Stable. Unstable doesn't move automatically to Testing. To be in Testing, a package has to
meet a few requirements. It must:
a) build on all architectures that Debian will support in the next major release
b) have fewer Release-Critical bugs than the version of the package currently in Testing.
c) can't depend on a package in Unstable
d) have been in Unstable for a certain time period
e) not break other packages in Testing
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