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    Chill with the woody
    Submitted by robster on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 – 17:26
    Woody release manager Anthony “aj” Towns posted an announcement about further freezes in preparation for the release of woody aka Debian 3.0. Highlights include: policy freezing, crypto in main and a list of RC bugs in base and standard.

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    Subject: Re: Chill with the woody – bad joke
    Author: CaptainRotundo
    Date: Thursday, 2001/11/08 – 15:54
    I think this is a great idea. the one problem is that you now would have a moving target for stable. What would actually be the release? With this scenario you would press CDs of “Debian Stable” and a week later they are out of date. Why not a situation where you have stable updates, similar to security updates. This would have stable remain the same but allow packages to make it into stable, which could then be folded in in the 3.0r2 release. or make the minor version number mean something…
    3.0 is stable and there is another repository for the packages that meet your requirements called stable updates, and at some pre-determined interval or when something big changes you can fold all that into stable and have 3.1 and so forth.

    the next major stable release would then be 4.0 and could be pushed off as long as desired because there would be a process for improving the current stable. maybe to make it more meaningul certain packages could be locked into stable with no non-security changes till the next major release. so things like GNOME and KDE and emacs would be able to work into stable but version 3.x would always have the same required packages. This might be a more reliable way, not deviating from the current system for anything super important, but allowing non-essentials to evolve.

    of course I still think that Debian splitting into seperate minor releases Debian-Base, Debian-GNOME, etc etc might do the same thing, although it would require much more maintainance.

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