Over the past half year, we've made two releases of the DebianInstaller that included full CD sets of the whole Debian testing archive. These d-i releases had minor problems but have on the whole been quite successful and have been used by many Debian users, to the point that most user queries about installing stable on the debian-user list are now met with suggestions to install sarge with the DebianInstaller instead.

Given this success, the proposal is to just try to keep testing in a releasable state at all times, and cut releases from it using the same techniques whenever a major new version of the installer, or of some other major subsystem, like Gnome, is ready. Such a release would not necessarily have to be "the" stable Debian release, or we could only bless occasional releases that worked really well as "stable" while keeping the other releases as testing releases. But these releases would be promoted and supported as full Debian releases, and would be forked in the archive as a release that users could install instead of installing the ever-changing testing.




Proposed by: JoeyHess

seconded by: DanConnolly

See ReleaseProposals for alternatives.