[kwlug-disc] definition of debian's "stable"?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sun Aug 16 11:50:15 EDT 2009

  yet more curiosity about debian.  i'm skimming the FAQ, and i see
the definition of the "stable" release:

"No new functionality is added to the stable release. Once a Debian
version is released and tagged `stable' it will only get security
updates. That is, only packages for which a security vulnerability has
been found after the release will be upgraded."

  so if lenny (5.0) is the current "stable" release, what are the
newer 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 releases?  do those simply correspond to newer
snapshots of the stable release, which incorporate ***only*** security
updates relative to 5.0?  (that's what it seems, i just want to be

  in the fedora world, those would be called "re-spins" -- simply a
time-saver so that people don't need to start at the initial release
and update hundreds of packages from there.  is that what those point
releases represent?

  thank you for your patience.


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