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    Unstable? Who are you calling unstable?
    by drone0709 on Monday, July 16 @ 20:40:51 BST

    Nearly anyone who’s used/heard of Debian will know that it has 3 major branches:

    • Stable AKA Potato: Stable as a rock, with Woody soon(ish) to be taking the honors of being the stable branch

    • Testing AKA Woody: the branch that lags behind Sid by by at least 2 weeks with no RC (Release Critical) bugs – if you want a stable distro and most of the latest packages this is probably the best branch for you
    • Unstable AKA Sid: Sid stands for Still In Development and its exactly that, all the latest and greatest packages go into Sid first before filtering down to Woody when they are deemed not to have any RC bugs (note this will not be true when woody freezes – as no new packages will then be allowed into woody, just bug fixes)

    Lots of people who aren’t running mission critical machines often choose Sid as their branch of choice because apart from offering the chance to use excellent
    packages like galeon it also offers people the chance to find bugs and give something back to the Debian community (remember thats what we are, and a not for
    profit one at that)

    Most people running Sid will and do find it very stable and usable as it is. Of course, there are breakages but these are occasional and are usually fixed within hours. My point is this: Is “unstable” an acceptable term to brand Sid as? Newbies to Debian (from fresh faced window’s users to beardy *nix hackers) are most likely put off by the Unstable tag.

    On the right hand side of the DebianPlanet home page you will find a vote/poll that will allow you have your voice on what you think of the Sid/Unstable branch
    , comments are welcome from everybody on this subject. Who knows, maybe we can get the name changed: After all, this is your Debian and its future (not to mention the world’s), is at stake.

    drone0709:But Is “unstable” an acceptable term to brand Sid as?
    Netsnipe: See also – Past poll:
    Do you think that too many inexperienced users are using the unstable ‘sid’ tree?
    This poll produced some rather interesting viewpoints on whether we really should be discouraging ‘newbies’ from using Unstable in the first place.


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