MuseScore 3 for Debian schedule
Debian 9 “stretch”: current stable, will become oldstable once “buster” is released
Debian 10 “buster”: currently testing, will freeze Really Soon and be released in a couple of weeks
Debian 11 “bullseye”: currently nonexistent, will be born as new “testing” after “buster” is released
In stretch, users currently can install musescore 2.0.3 which is, of course, not satisfying, so stretch-backports ships the same musescore version that will be in buster, namely 2.3.2.
We currently have musescore-snapshot 3.0 in Debian “experimental”. We will release the next Debian stable (buster) with musescore 2.3.2, for the following reasons:
- stretch-backports MUST ship the same version as buster
- we wish for users to have 2.3.2 available, so they can still work on 2.x scores
- 3.x can be shipped easily in buster-backports and stretch-backports-sloppy (a “backports+1” suite taking from “bullseye”)
- if we had 3.0 or even 3.0.1 in buster, that’d be what people get, we’d lose 2.x completely, and we’d be stuck with these premature releases as default musescore new Debian stable users get
- whatever is in stable cannot be upgraded, whereas backports can (from the next stable)
Therefore, please bear with us a bit, we’ll provide regular musescore 3.x versions after the upcoming “buster” release (for now, use the musescore-snapshot package from “experimental”) and, in the meanwhile, will ensure that the best 2.3 you can get is part of the release, while working together with the MuseScore developers to improve the 3.x series.
I believe this is also more in agreement with the plans to have small bugfix releases every couple of weeks.
Thanks to ABL, a way to make MuseScore 3.x available on Debian stretch (Qt 5.7) is now available (although without QML plugins).