Debian 6.0: Stability and Power to the People
Jan 31, 2011, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Debian official releases are more rare than releases
of other distributions, but tend to matter less to users. Judging
by the second release candidate, Debian 6.0 will be no exception.
In other words, the new release should deliver the usual
ultra-reliability, and serve as a solid basis not only for Debian
itself, but also the countless other distros that will depend upon
it, including Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
"Debian releases tend to matter less to users because, with the
exception of system administrators or the security-conscious, few
users stay with the Stable release. Most tend to pick and choose
new features from the Testing or the Unstable repositories, which,
despite their names, are generally stable enough for most purposes.
For such users, stable releases are just another upgrade,
interesting chiefly as a snapshot of Debian policy and development
over the last few years -- and that is as true of Debian 6.0 as its
"The Outcome of Policy Debates
"For anyone who follows the Debian mailing lists even
desultorily, Debian 6.0 can be seen as the outcome of two