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Date:      Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:31:11 -0500
From:      "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam@hiwaay.net>
Cc:        "FreeBSD Questions !!!!" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Noob question ....
Message-ID:  <543FBA8F.6080205@hiwaay.net>
In-Reply-To: <alpine.BSF.2.11.1410152027010.81686@wonkity.com>
References:  <543F041D.7030206@hiwaay.net> <20141016013646.34d542e6.freebsd@edvax.de> <543F0863.60205@hiwaay.net> <20141016020025.27547cc0.freebsd@edvax.de> <alpine.BSF.2.11.1410152027010.81686@wonkity.com>

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On 10/15/14 21:30, Warren Block wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Oct 2014, Polytropon wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:50:59 -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>>> *Aaaaaaaaack* !!!! That clarifies an important misunderstanding for me
>>> .... I thought STABLE would be more/most stable, maybe a refinement on
>>> RELEASE .... Thx for the clarification.
>>
>> The name -STABLE is to be understood as "more stable than
>> -CURRENT", because when you check out the development branch,
>> it _might_ happen that it misbehaves or that it won't even
>> compile; it can also happen that an experimental feature
>> in -CURRENT is being removed later on.
>
> -STABLE means the ABI is stable.  So applications compiled for 9.1 
> will still run on 9-STABLE, and vice versa.
>
> In effect, the -STABLE branch ends up being -RELEASE plus bug fixes 
> and new features, the continued development after a release.  Where a 
> -RELEASE is a snapshot in time, -STABLE is the latest version of that 
> branch.
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Yes, your link/web-page crystallized everything perfectly .... Thx :-) ....


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