Difference between Mainline and Stable Nginx version

Thomas Ward teward at thomas-ward.net
Thu Sep 24 14:37:13 UTC 2020

This said, when Mainline is actually cut into Stable come ~April, then
Stable gets all the new stuff Mainline had between the two stable
releases - Stable for production/stability in featureset, but Mainline
if you don't mind having new features available in case you need them. 
For the most part I've seen both used interchangeably for basic setups,
it's more if you need the advanced stuff or brand new things available
in Mainline but not Stable, in my opinion, that drives which you use.


On 9/24/20 10:35 AM, Kaushal Shriyan wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 7:51 PM Thomas Ward <teward at thomas-ward.net
> <mailto:teward at thomas-ward.net>> wrote:
>     Depending on your needs, I'd favor STable over Mainline.
>     Stable is just that - the current release of NGINX that is
>     considered 'stable' and doesn't have many new feature changes to
>     it or new things that Mainline will have.
>     Mainline is closer to 'cutting edge' than 'stable' NGINX.  While
>     you can use both for production, unless the features in Stable do
>     not meet your needs or you need a newly introduced feature only
>     available in Mainline, I'd suggest you use Stable.
>     (This applies to all distros, in my opinion, not just RHEL/CentOS.)
>     Thomas
> Thanks Thomas for the quick reply and much appreciated.
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