[PC-BSD Testing] Rolling release criticism

Joe Maloney jpm820 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 06:07:40 PST 2013

On Wed, 2013-12-18 at 07:13 -0500, Claudio L. wrote:

> On 12/18/2013 01:15, Mike Barnard wrote:
> >
> > Claudio,
> >
> > The idea of STABLE reflects a picture of a pre-tested, clean, few if 
> > not zero vulnerabilities. RELEASE speaks of just that, tested up to a 
> > point we are comfortable releasing for users to play around with. Just 
> > thinking, what if STABLE remained as thus, stable with the packages 
> > updated to this branch every two months as you suggest. Any one 
> > picking the stable version knows they are picking production quality 
> > PCBSD. RELEASE then remains where packages are shipped in as fast as 
> > you can and this runs as the semi-stable platform for near cutting 
> > edge technology. This then leaves CURRENT with all the experimental 
> > stuff, and bleeding edge technology.
> >
> > Follow the FreeBSD tree. Whoever wants a stable production system goes 
> > for STABLE, if you want to test new packages, run RELEASE and if you 
> > want get into the bleeding edge, take CURRENT
> >
> Either I got it backwards or you did. I think the name is a bit 
> misleading, but I understood RELEASE is more stable than STABLE.
> STABLE gives you the mental picture of production quality, but in 
> reality it means stable as in "pushed out as soon as it stopped 
> crashing", versus CURRENT, which is "still might crash".
> The STABLE branch is a development one, while RELEASE is the production 
> quality one. PCBSD being a rolling release works more like STABLE, 
> getting new packages as they come (but the base system tracks RELEASE on 
> freebsd, to increase confusion).
> In fact it's so confusing, we should forget about STABLE and RELEASE 
> names. The idea is to have one PCBSD "EDGE" and one PCBSD "PRODUCTION" 
> branches. Or something like that.

I fully agree about the renaming.  


> Claudio
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