If we accept the fact that two desktop environments (KDE and XFCE) and two architectures are supported (32 and 64 bit) then, IMO, two distinct editions of SolydXK remain; (1) The "official" main edition and (2) The Enthusiasts Edition (EE).
Both SolydXK editions are based on Debian releases but, while the main edition is based on Debian Stable, the EE is based on Debian Testing.
Differences between these two Debian releases are detailed in Debian documentation but this Wikipedia article summarises as follows:
Stable is the current release and targets stable and well-tested software needs. Stable is made by freezing Testing for a few months where bugs are fixed and packages with too many bugs are removed; then the resulting system is released as Stable. It is updated only if major security or usability fixes are incorporated. This branch has an optional backports service that provides more recent versions of some software.
If SolydXK is to continue with its Debian base then, I suggest, it should basically follow a similar philosophy in that SolydXK EE should be the testing ground for the next main SolydXK release.Testing is the preview branch that will eventually become the next major release. The packages included in this branch have had some testing in Unstable but they may not be fit for release yet. It contains newer packages than Stable but older than Unstable. This branch is updated continually until it is frozen.
IMO, SolydXK users fall into three different groups:
- Small office, home office (SOHO)
- Home users with one computer
- Home users with multiple computers
I suggest that the third user group includes many "hobbyists" who are not reliant on the reliability of any given machine and so may prefer the challenge of running SolydXK EE.
It is therefore reasonable, IMO, that a user choosing to run the SolydXK main edition should accept the limitation that it is, primarily, a fixed release that will not change in functionality until the next release. Having said that, some packages can still be upgraded via backports if absolutely essential - but this is at the risk of degrading the reliability of the release.
OTOH, a user choosing to run SolydXK EE should accept that this is a rolling release that provides the benefit of newer packages but with the caveat that it is liable to breakage and will therefore never be as reliable as the SolydXK main edition.
My view is that these two editions of SolydXK cater adequately to the very different needs of the three user groups listed above.
My concern is that some users appear to want to merge the two editions together, resulting in some kind of hybrid stable/testing release that would, in the end, please no-one.
So, over to the community to tell us what you really expect SolydXK to be...