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When is testing more stable than stable (if ever)?

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http://crunchbang.org – Perhaps it is time for another discussion on the meaning of the term "stable" as it is used in Debian?Stable simply means "resistant to change"; a diamond is more stable than a lump of anthracite.  (Damn, I spelled that right on the first try - how nerdy am ? )  Testing means "what makes the grade makes it into the next release"; if a particular package can't be made release-ready during the freeze shakedown (glares at minitube), it fails the "test" and is dropped.  Unstable is the opposite of stable; it is prone to frequent change.. (HowTos)