FreeBSD STABLE ― 2006年09月11日 12時38分02秒
No. STABLE means STABLE API. この一言が、全てを表していると思う。
No. STABLE means STABLE API. If you want stable code you run releases. Between releases stable can become unstable. Think of stable as permanent BETA code. Changes have passed the first level of testing in current which is permanent ALPHA code. Most of the time beta code is perfectly fine to run but occasionally things will go wrong. The point of BETA code is to catch those errors that escape detection in the ALPHA stage before they make it into a release. That is done by having a wider diversity of clients run the BETA code.
188.8.131.52 What Is FreeBSD-STABLE?
FreeBSD-STABLE is our development branch from which major releases are made. Changes go into this branch at a different pace, and with the general assumption that they have first gone into FreeBSD-CURRENT for testing. This is still a development branch, however, and this means that at any given time, the sources for FreeBSD-STABLE may or may not be suitable for any particular purpose. It is simply another engineering development track, not a resource for end-users.
「開発の為のもので、おかしくなっている事もあるかもしれません。」とあります。STABLE や CURRENT を追いかけるときは注意しましょう。