Debian based distros with all newest stable software?
I sometimes take weekends off for exploring some other things besides what I usually do (these websites etc.), often discovering new interests. It is almost always related in some way to some software. I mean what else? If it's astronomy then it's astronomy software, if it's programming (something I scratch so many times and yet never really deeply penetrate) then it's IDEs and stuff.. Today it's 3D. I'm thinking of getting and playing with Blender.
But I always come down to a question of latest software. I hate it when I find a piece of software on its homepage which says the latest stable version is this and that just to find out that this is not the latest release in my distro (and on Ubuntu, and most other distros it seems it never is). However, using Ubuntu for a while now I'm getting quite used to apt-get and deb packages, simply because there are so many of them and it is easy to install even third party stuff by using dpkg or even just double clicking.
But the core of Ubuntu set of software quickly gets behind and combining newest versions in form of third party packages with the older base is something risky.
So I'm thinking.. there ought to be a good distro that uses debian package management, but ships the latest stable versions of software in their repositories. Besides, if it's "stable" it should be fairly stable anyway. I know all this extra testing within distribution is for some sort of redundancy, but on the desktop.. I think what original devs say it's stable it should be so, if you compile their sources with no additions to them (which is another thing I'd appreciate from a distro, a clean policy regarding packaging).
So, is that Debian "unstable" (sigh) or is there something better?