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The problem is that it is difficult to find a word that explains that one
version is new (with new features/bugs/regressions) and the other one has
been patched so that new features are already stable.

If you call Stable to the patched branch (and calling it Patched doesn't
sound very nice either) seems to imply that the other branch (now called
Fresh) isn't stable in the sense that it will crash and be unusable...

There was a proposal to call the (previously named Stable and now named
Still) branch as Mature. But since that word is currently associated with
some sexual preference/deviation, it was dropped in favor of Still.

It is easy to criticize and find problems, but it is more difficult to find
a nice word that everyone accepts...

Do you have a better suggestion?

(For the record, I'm not a member of TDF or work for it and had no
contribution to this decision)

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