[cut-team] Article about CUT

Michael Gilbert michael.s.gilbert at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 00:17:23 UTC 2011

On Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:22:41 +0100 Adnan Hodzic wrote:

> Hey,
> I love the idea behind CUT, and would even like to help with
> realization of one such project in future. Regardless, I want to write
> article for Debian column on OMG! Ubuntu regarding Debian CUT, to
> spread awareness about this project, since as it seems not even Debian
> community is familiar with its existence:
> http://www.debian-administration.org/polls/150
> But I have couple of questions regarding the uncertainties I have:
> #1. Is it still called Debian CUT?
> I'm asking this because just recently first snapshot was released as
> "Unofficial Debian Monthly Testing Snapshot Release (version 2011.03
> final)"

Hi Adnan,

You may want to review some of the recent discussion on this list from
February to understand the decisions for this naming.  Currently CUT is
many things to many people (see Raphael Herzog's article on LWN for one
particular perspective). To avoid unintentionally focusing the "CUT"
meme into one specific thing, it was decided to not call snapshot
releases by that name.  Keep in mind also that these are an
unofficial/development thing right now.

Others have bigger plans for the meme, and perhaps they will want to
chime in with their broader perspective here.  

> #2. Is there an official logo for CUT/different from Debian in any way?
> #3. Once you have snapshot installed, everything works fine and all,
> but this is what my apt sources.list look like:
> http://paste.debian.net/plain/110928

It's good to hear that this release worked well for you.  I am somewhat
surprised that your sources have squeeze instead of wheezy.  I will
need to look into that.

> How was update process planned? Is it even possible to get updates for
> CUT, unless new snapshot is released? Or you have to manually change
> your sources.list to get regular "testing" packages.

These releases are a very static approach; there will be zero updates
over the course of the month (except for DTSA's uploaded to

As I mentioned in the announcement, for those that want to stay up to
date, the snapshot releases will be useful as a constantly working
installer, which can then be upgraded to testing propper.

Best wishes,

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