Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd May 2006 16:06 UTC, submitted by george
Debian and its clones Developers of the popular Debian Linux distribution are ramping up coding efforts as they plan to release the next version of their operating system in December this year. The schedule was today outlined in an e-mail to the Debian community from developer Andreas Barth, a member of the team which coordinates the process by which Debian is formally handed over to the public. "We expect to release Etch as planned in the beginning of December 2006," Barth wrote.
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RE: target audience?
by snowbender on Thu 4th May 2006 16:35 UTC in reply to "target audience?"
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The way, I see it:

Debian stable:
servers, only security updates

Debian testing:
desktop, fairly recent software and still very stable

Debian unstable:
desktop, more recent software and sometimes breakage during major upgrades of important software packages (e.g. Xorg 6.9 to modular Xorg 7.0)

Just as is the case in other distributions, it really depends on the maintainer how recent a particular software package is in Debian unstable. You're out of luck if the maintainer of your favorite piece of software does not update it that frequently.

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