reflecting on first UDS session on "rolling releases"

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Sun Mar 10 01:38:10 UTC 2013

On Tue, Mar 05, 2013 at 07:41:23PM -0500, Michael Hall wrote:
> I think different segments of the community have different ideas of what
> "stable" means:

> Distro devs & power users: "stable" == "things don't break"

> App devs, OEMS, NTEU: "stable" == "things don't change"

As a distro dev, I don't subscribe to this definition of "stable".  A
release is stable when we stop changing it; we *want* the point at which we
stop changing it to be one where it's not broken and is of high quality, but
that's not implied by calling it "stable", it's rather the result of
engineering effort to make a high-quality release.

Our SRU policy reflects this: we only allow updates to stable releases for
specific bugfixes, and don't allow other changes.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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