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Old 09-25-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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so i've had debain squeeze installed previously. i ran
aptitude dist-upgrade
because i heard squeeze is now in frozen. i ran
lsb_release -a
and got this
Distributor ID:    Debian
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux testing (squeeze)
Release:    testing
Codename:    squeeze
why does it still say testing? shouldnt it say frozen? unless its not suppose to change after dist-upgrade.
Old 09-25-2010, 08:49 PM   #2
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Because it is still Testing until it is released as Stable.

Frozen just means no new packages can be moved into Squeeze, other than bug/security fixes.

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 GNU/Linux is version 5.0.6, codenamed lenny. It was released on September 4th, 2010.

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 squeeze.

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.
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.
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ah okay. so 'frozen' isnt like an official state. thanks.
Old 09-26-2010, 01:15 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by do0b View Post
ah okay. so 'frozen' isnt like an official state. thanks.
Yup. It's an official state all right (as decreed by the Debian devs) and it means exactly what Craigevil said it means: bug fixes only and no new packages and no new features on old ones.


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