Debian was suffering from the same set of problems:
* The stable and development trees diverge from each other quickly
* The stable tree, after a short while, lacks fixes, features, and improvements which have been added to the development tree
* The stable distribution is often very heavily patched by re-distributors (Knoppix, Libranet, Lindows, ...).
The solution adopted by Debian was similar, but not the same; it was because of the above reasons that Debian Testing (http://www.debian.org/devel/testing) was invented, as a sibling to Stable and Unstable.
Just like Testing made Debian a lot more accessible to people who found Unstable to be too scary and Stable to be too far behind, here's to hoping that the -mm tree will do the same for the kernel.
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