#debian-next - channel for testing/unstable discussions
I wanted to announce the creation of a new IRC channel #debian-next on
irc.debian.org / irc.oftc.net. The channel is dedicated to the discussion and
(reasonable) support of testing, unstable and (if it ever sees the light of
the day) rolling.
The policy in #debian regarding testing and unstable is essentially that
users that decide to track one of those should have the skills to deal with
broken systems and that neither of them are officially supported in the main
This did not necessarily mean that users were unable to get help in the
channel, but we had the feeling that the creation of a dedicated channel for
testing/unstable users is, especially in the light of recent discussions on
d-d, needed if Debian wants to welcome users of these "rolling" releases. We
also believe that additional support for skilled testing/unstable users would
help to triage and find bugs faster and that it therefore helps to increases
the quality of the stable releases.
If you use testing or unstable or are interested in helping users you are more
than welcome to idle on the channel or to ask your questions there. Please
note that the creation of this channel does *in no way* constitute an
endorsement to run testing or unstable and we still strongly encourage
everybody to use the stable releases. Users of testing or sid are encouraged
to read the sid faq , follow the discussions on debian-devel,
debian-release and be aware of ongoing transitions .