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Term "Unstable" is misleading

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on November 27, 2004 07:46 PM
Many people are scared by the term "Unstable" in connection with Debian. It does not mean "crash-prone" so much as "constantly changing". Most of the packages in Unstable are just the current versions from upstream that may be very mature and stable in the traditional sense. They are in Unstable simply because they are the most recent versions to have been added to Debian. Of course, because an Unstable system changes with every apt-get upgrade, there is more potential to break things. Unstable is a fine desktop, but be prepared to have to fix it occasionally after an upgrade. It is really a great way to learn more about gnu-linux.

I think there would be less confusion if Debian used the terms "Static" and "Dynamic" rather than "Stable" and "Unstable".

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