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Understanding Debian Sid a.k.a. Debian Unstable

Disclaimer: This text is provided mainly for educational purposes and it does contain some simplifications, so learn at your own responsibility. If any misunderstandings or harm would result because of this text techtimejourney.net and its maintainer JJ Posti will not take any responsibility from any possible scenarios that might result.

When people generally hear the word unstable they tend to think of something that is not working and remains far from functional. In Debian the term unstable does not necessarily mean the same as not functional or unsafe and below are some reasons why.
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Thinking Debian: The difference between stable, testing and unstable branches


Summary: An article elaborating the differences between Debian branches. Information, along with some hints, is also given about how to upgrade and manage your system from different Debian branch to another.