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Can Debian offer a Constantly Usable Testing distribution?

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"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 this distribution and the "Constantly Usable Testing" (CUT) project aims to resolve those. This article will present the project and the challenges involved to make it happen.

"About Debian unstable & testing

"Debian unstable is the distribution where developers upload new versions of their packages. It happens frequently that some packages are not installable due to changes in other packages or due to transitions not yet 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 enough tested (10 days usually), if it's free of new release-critical bugs, if it's available on all supported architectures, and if it doesn't break any other package already present in testing. The Release Team (RT) controls this tool and provide "hints" to help it find a set of packages that can flow from unstable to testing."

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