A constantly usable testing distribution for Debian
Oct 04, 2010, 12:02 (6 Talkback[s])
"Debian's "testing" distribution is where Debian developers
prepare the next stable distribution. While this is still its main
purpose, many users have adopted this version of Debian because it
offers them a good trade-off between stability and freshness. But
there are downsides to using the testing distribution, so the
"Constantly Usable Testing" (CUT) project aims to reduce or
eliminate those downsides.
"About Debian unstable & testing
"Debian "unstable" is the distribution where developers upload
new versions of their packages. But, frequently some packages are
not installable from unstable due to changes in other packages or
transitions in libraries that have not yet been completed.
"Debian testing, on the contrary, is managed by a tool that
ensures the consistency of the whole distribution: it picks updates
from unstable only if the package has been tested enough (10 days
usually), is free of new release-critical bugs, is available on all
supported architectures, and it doesn't break any other package
already present in testing. The release team controls this tool and
provides "hints" to help it find a set of packages that can flow
from unstable to testing."