Your 3rd and last chance to help me with vmware
drew at mykitchentable.net
Wed Jul 21 16:34:46 PDT 2004
On 7/21/2004 11:34 AM Joshua Tinnin wrote:
>On Wednesday 21 July 2004 10:20 am, Drew Tomlinson <drew at mykitchentable.net>
>>On 7/20/2004 3:45 PM Thompson, Jimi wrote:
>>>FreeBSD has 3 types of distros - "CURRENT", "STABLE", and
>>>"RELEASE". In order of increasing stability, they are:
>>>"CURRENT" = currently in development (Alpha) and by far the least stable
>>>of the 3
>>>"RELEASE" = released to the populous at large (Beta) and fairly stable
>>>but may have some issues
>>>"STABLE" = well, just that, stable and the production release of the OS
>>You've got STABLE and RELEASE mixed-up. STABLE is the beta and RELEASE
>>is production. A RELEASE is a snapshot in the STABLE branch that has
>>been tested and deemed ready for production. STABLE is usually "stable"
>>but is still a development branch and thus, beta.
>Then why do I hear that 5.2.1-RELEASE is not ready to be called STABLE? Why
>would it be downgraded? Why have there been no STABLE 5.x branches? Or am I
I know Charles Swiger has discussed this and pointed you to the release
engineering doc but this might even simplify it further. A "RELEASE" is
nothing more than a snapshot of the tree at a specific point in time.
Thus a 4-STABLE release is a stable release and a 5-CURRENT is a current
release. Therefore all of the CURRENT warnings apply to 5.2.1-RELEASE
although it is much less likely to contain as many problems as just
grabbing the most recent version of CURRENT.
I know it's confusing.
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