In May 2006 Christian Perrier brought a discussion about choosing an "official" term that can refer to stable, testing or unstable to debian-project. Nothing happened as there didn't seem to be any consensus.

To go forward, a poll would help. Please add your vote. Terms proposed included "suite" and "branch". Status quo means not trying to uniformize the terms. A column left blank will be interpreted as if you don't have any opinion on that option.

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Filipus Klutiero

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madduck

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I would leave them as archives or releases

DannFrazier

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"release" sounds immutable to me (which some of them obviously aren't), while "archive" sounds like a container which might store e.g. unstable

cmot

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"branch" has some danger of confusion when talking about branches of a Debian package in a version management system. testing and unstable will never be "releases", but "archive" maybe.

daniel

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actually, it is called distribution anyway.