["DebianReleases"] > DebianOldStable

Debian oldstable is not just the name of the "Old Stable" version of debian.

oldstable is a codename for the previous debian stable repository, as long as security updates are provided. When the security update aren't provided anymore for 'oldstable', the repository is moved to http://archive.debian.org/.

[:DebianSarge:sarge] is the current oldstable distro.


Q) Why oldstable ?
A.1) In large organisation, it can take a while to plan,test and upgrade all computers.
A.2) Some Debian based custom distribution's stable version can be based on oldstable. Having oldstable is convenient for them too.

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