[Bug 263571] FAQ: CURRENT, STABLE RELEASE: corrections, updates and enhancement

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Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 01:10:03 UTC

--- Comment #6 from Graham Perrin <grahamperrin@gmail.com> ---

> What is the FreeBSD-STABLE concept?

The question is not entirely answered. It seems to omit the essence: 

    application binary interface (ABI) stability.


>> The name "-STABLE" is frequently misunderstood. It does not mean 
>> solid or steady. -STABLE means that while code can change, the 
>> ABI (Application Binary Interface) will remain stable and not change. 
>> Programs compiled to run on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, or 10.1-RELEASE, 
>> or 10.2-RELEASE will continue to work on FreeBSD 10-STABLE. 
>> Effectively, -STABLE is the latest version of FreeBSD you can get 
>> without breaking installed software.

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