What is the use of [unstable] repositories?

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(Bobby Rong) #1



This is an up-to-date mirror, it seems that most packages in [unstable] are older than those in [desktop].
Now we use [testing] to store packages that need testing, then what about [unstable]?


(Jeff Huang) #2

Well, we packaged some softwares’ unstable version in [unstable] in the past, and for [testing] we usallly upload some stable version but still requires testing before they hit stable repo.


(brli) #3

IIRC, I was the last person who played in [unstable]

It was long ago from the last package/update in that repo.

The main purpose of this repo is to apply some other distro-specific patches that isn’t upstreamed or VCS packages that provide new feature/fix but also new bugs.

Due to recently more and more dynamic release cycle and prosperous development of FOSS, the release version catches up with development VCS-based version easily. So, we mainly use [testing] repo instead nowadays, so as to reach more testers in the field.

So, we’ll see what we would do about that then.