The Debian distribution does not have a fixed release schedule, famously shipping "when it is ready" rather than on a specific date. Still, there are milestones in the project's development and we have reached a significant one: the beginning of the Testing repository freeze. The freeze marks a time when the Testing repository mostly stops changing, apart from bug fixes and critical updates. Jonathan Wiltshire announced the freeze in a mailing list post: "We're pleased to announce that the freeze for Debian 10 'buster' has begun. On January 12th we stopped accepting transition requests and we are working to complete the remaining transitions in progress. This also means that autopkgtest regressions have now become migration blockers. Other stages of the release are on target. They are: 2019-02-12 Soft freeze (no new packages, no re-entry, 10 day migration); 2019-03-12 Full freeze." The release of Debian 10 "Buster" is likely to occur shortly after the Full freeze.
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