After the Pioneer edition release, while people were discussing FreedomBox, I saw two separate comments where people said that our project hasn’t made a release since 2017.
How did we make 40+ releases and people checking out the project didn’t see those calling our project stale? I believe that the term “testing” played a big role in this. People go to see the downloads, pick stable because ‘testing’ is not relevant for them and see that there is no progress in the project since the last two years.
‘Rolling’ concept is being used by other distributions. Many people have expressed frustration at Debian’s stable vs. testing usage and naming. People new to Debian first pick stable due to naming and later realize that what they really want is ‘testing’. We need not stick to Debian’s naming. We can document that our ‘rolling’ is built on Debian ‘testing’ for the sake anyone looking deeper.
After the release of buster, within a few months, people seeking new features or major updates will start looking at our testing distribution. In the past we have also felt uncomfortable recommending ‘stable’ to new users especially as we were getting closer to a newer stable release cycle.
We could try to adopt the translated term for ‘rolling’ from the Linux distributions that are using it. It is also not a bad thing to introduce a completely unfamiliar term and explain it rather use a term like ‘testing’ that will scare away people.