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Old 10-29-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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is Wheezy out?

Until I installed the new antiX and saw its sources.list, I didn't know Wheezy was available; I thought it was still "testing." I thought Debian released a new version every two years. Wasn't Squeeze released early last year? Or did Debian speed up its development cycle? If Wheezy is not released, why is it in my sources.list?

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I think that the first sentence on the antiX website can explain that:
antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.
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Debian has a habit of naming the testing branch that will end up becoming the stable one. For example Squeeze was the name of testing, when Lenny was the stable branch, before it became stable Squeeze. Wheezy is not out officially yet but testing is using its name. Once Wheezy is officially stable then the testing branch will be called testing or Jessie, then Jessie will be stable after a couple of years after Wheezy is stable.

Also Squeeze was officially stable, 2011-02-06. It is a few months away from two years.

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Debian -- Debian Releases -
Debian always has at least three releases in active maintenance: "stable", "testing" and "unstable".


The "stable" distribution contains the latest officially released distribution of Debian.

This is the production release of Debian, the one which we primarily recommend using.

The current "stable" distribution of Debian is version 6.0, codenamed squeeze. It was initially released as version 6.0.0 on February 6th, 2011 and its latest update, version 6.0.6, was released on September 29th, 2012.

The "testing" distribution contains packages that haven't been accepted into a "stable" release yet, but they are in the queue for that. The main advantage of using this distribution is that it has more recent versions of software.

See the Debian FAQ for more information on what is "testing" and how it becomes "stable".

The current "testing" distribution is wheezy.

The "unstable" distribution is where active development of Debian occurs. Generally, this distribution is run by developers and those who like to live on the edge.

The "unstable" distribution is called sid.
Wheezy has only been frozen since the end of June, most likely won't be released as Stable until Feb 2013 at the earliest.

Quite a few Debian based distros use Testing rather than Stable.


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