Mr. B wrote:Then i still wonder what you're going to do when Debian Testing hits the freezing stage for several weeks or even months afaik and a few or maybe to no updates will be released.... except for the release-critical bug fixes in Debian.6.5.1 What about "testing"? How is it `frozen'?
When the "testing" distribution is mature enough, the release manager starts `freezing' it. The normal propagation delays are increased to ensure that as little as possible new bugs from "unstable" enter "testing".
After a while, the "testing" distribution becomes truly `frozen'. This means that all new packages that are to propagate to the "testing" are held back, unless they include release-critical bug fixes. The "testing" distribution can also remain in such a deep freeze during the so-called `test cycles', when the release is imminent.
We keep a record of bugs in the "testing" distribution that can hold off a package from being released, or bugs that can hold back the whole release. For details, please see current testing release information.
Once that bug count lowers to maximum acceptable values, the frozen "testing" distribution is declared "stable" and released with a version number.
With each new release, the previous "stable" distribution becomes obsolete and moves to the archive. For more information please see Debian archive.
With that LMDE isn't really a fully true rolling distro imho, correct me if i'm wrong... i'm also still learning stuff. But... it's still a great distro which i love to use.
Sorry for going offtopic guys and ladies.
Well, that just happened with Squeeze and in that case all I did was wait it out. I might switch to Sid next time. I don't update obsessively, but sometimes I do want or need newer packages.
I'm not against the update pack strategy that LMDE is trying now. On the contrary, I think it's a great idea and it will make updating a lot less stressful for most people. Personally I'm comfortable with the Debian repos, especially if the update pack system is broken right now.