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Currently, Debian testing codename is buster, and next-stable will be buster.

I have installed Debian testing to keep packages up-to-date. My question is: Will my Debian become the stable release of Debian after buster is released as stable? If the answer is yes: I want to keep my Debian to testing version and keep packages up-to-date, What should I do?

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If your /etc/apt/sources.list file references buster then it will stay on buster from testing through stable and then old-stable.

If you have referenced testing then it will stay on testing regardless of the current testing version.

You can see more details on the Debian Wiki, which includes a suggested sources.list file. I've taken that and tweaked it to reference testing as mentioned in your question:

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian-security/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian-security/ testing/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian testing-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian testing-updates main contrib non-free
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It depends on what name for the distribution you are using.

Check you /etc/apt/sources.list file. If it contains lines like:

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ buster main

then your system will stay with buster, even when it is released as a stable version.

If instead you have lines like:

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ testing main

then your system will remain with testing. be prepare for a whole lot of updates at the moment that buster is released, as before an official release the version undergoes a freeze period to iron out the last critical problems; however the next testing version will contain all changes made during the freeze.

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