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    Re: Debian 2.2r3 & Unofficial Woody and Sid CD Images (Score: 7, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 01 @ 14:37:59 BST

    Debian is the name for the distribution.

    Potato (stable), woody(testing), sid(unstable) are specific releases of debian. (OK, only potato has been released, the others are for the future).

    Stable is the officially released distribution. It has been quite thoroughly tested, is supported,… For the moment it’s potato.

    Unstable is the developpement distribution. It’s where all the developpement takes place. It’s likely to be broken sometimes as developpers try things, or try to upgrade packages with broken ones,… For the moment it’s sid.

    Testing is in between. It’s based on stable, but package are upgraded when they meet some quality related criteria (no critical bugs,…) So you have some features from unstable without the risk of having a broken system. (the management of testing is completely automatic : the system decides if a package from unstable can go to testing or not). It’s woody right now.

    Sometimes the testing distribution goes thru a freezing/testing process, and is granted stable status when all the bugs are gone and the system is believed sufficiently stable to be called stable 🙂

    When that happens, potato will disappear, woody will become stable, and I don’t know what will happen to sid. I personnaly think that sid should stay unstable, and a new testing should be “germinated” from stable.

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    Re: Debian 2.2r3 & Unofficial Woody and Sid CD Images (Score: 6, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 01 @ 14:44:55 BST

    there are currently three different distributions of Debian.

    The official release is the stable one, then we have a testing and an unstable one. Unstable is the bleedinge edge, regularly honours its name in unstability, etc.

    Testing is the set of more stable packages from unstable. These form the final test-bed for the next stable release.

    Debian releases are nicknamed after characters from Toy Story; therefor the currently stable release is aka Potato (but it should actualy be The Klecker release, after the late debian-developer Joey ‘Espy’ Klecker), testing is currently aka Woody, and hence the future stable release will be known under that name, unstable is aka Sid.

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