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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."

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