Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 17:58 UTC, submitted by visitor
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After announcing the move to Unity, and the eventual move to Wayland further down the line (someday one day perhaps eventually maybe once when unicorns roam the earth), Ubuntu is announcing yet another major change, this time in its release policy. While they're not moving to a rolling release as some websites are claiming, they will update components and applications more often.
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Multi-tier distributions
by dylansmrjones on Wed 24th Nov 2010 18:38 UTC
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This is a sensible approach AFAICT - and very close to my idea of a multi-tier distribution.

1) Stay rock-solid in regard to the toolchain (GCC, glibc, binutils and such) - updates every 18 months, except for critical bugfixes and security issues
2) 6 or 12 months update cycle for lower level libraries above the toolchain (the kernel (not part of the toolchain), GTK+/QT, WebKit and such) - of course with the usual quick releases when fixing critical bugs and/or security vulnerabilities
3) End user applications and libraries specific to these applications (bygfoot, firefox, libreoffice, chromium, epiphany blahblahblah) can be updated at will.

Another option is to make sure that API and ABI are not broken when releasing new versions. In this regard the *BSD's tend to be much ahead of GNU/Linux.

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