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Old 07-18-2018, 07:09 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by RadicalDreamer View Post
Yes, its not intended as a rolling release but that is how some people use it
It's probably a semantic difference only, but -current is indeed a rolling release and the idea is that the user community continually upgrade and feed back problems (preferably with solutions), suggestions, corrections and so on; and as DarthV says -- once -current is considered stable and future-proof enough to be supported (amongst other considerations), it's stamped (snap shotted, in other words) and released as a branch,
and the trunk moves on.

So whilst "-current" isn't seen -- within the history of Slackware -- as a release, when observed from a purely mechanical point of view, it is.

_However_, in the Linux distribution world, colloquially, a "release" tacitly implies that any subsequent updates will not introduce "breaking changes" that may require users to recompile a load of stuff/upgrade a load of other dependencies. "Breaking changes" usually mean changing the ABIs and APIs.
-current makes no such declaration, so it doesn't really qualify as a "release".

As I said - it's a semantic difference that depends on one's understanding and acceptance of what constitutes a "release".

Last edited by drmozes; 07-19-2018 at 09:45 AM. Reason: Clarification around what constitutes a "release" (as I understand it!)
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