Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Mar 2006 21:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Not too long ago Mark Shuttleworth proposed a delay of six weeks for the release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake. Today, after discussion within the community, the delay was approved and announced. "June 1st 2006 is the updated release date for Ubuntu Dapper, Desktop and Server editions, a delay of 6 weeks over the previous release date of April 20." More information in the release schedule.
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Dapper Delayed
by pjafrombbay on Tue 21st Mar 2006 07:31 UTC
pjafrombbay
Member since:
2005-07-31

Good move Ubuntu. While I realise Dapper Flight 5 was a beta it was far from production ready. Many libraries were either not included or not fully available (the GTKLIB 1.2 (I think) libraries required for my Samsung laser printer are typical).

I thought I would take the risk with Flight 5 but after several days of frustration reloaded Breazy Badger and everything is now back to normal.

I really like Ubuntu and for me its much more important to get it right rather than meet some artificial delivery deadline - a bad release will do Ubuntu (and Linux in general) more harm than slavishly meeting unnecessary release schedules.

Keep up the good work!

Regards,
Peter

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RE: Dapper Delayed
by abhaysahai on Tue 21st Mar 2006 10:26 in reply to "Dapper Delayed"
abhaysahai Member since:
2005-10-20

True,
I buggy release is definately worse than missing the deadline. However, lets not forget that one of the goals of Ubuntu was to release every 6 months. Now, how comfortable will we be to realized that one of the basix goals of our distribution is compromised. Many people, including me, were waiting for 6.04 release so that we can enjoy new features like XGL and trust me it is very frustrating to have to wait for another 6 weeks. I agree that a buggy release would havefrustrated me further more, my question is why set goals which we cannot fulfil.
In this case why try to include all the latest software at the cost of delaying the release. There is always backports for the latest software.
They could have simply released with a decent set of "polished" software and included the remaining in the backports, when the new software were "polished".
Commitment is a BIG word.

All said, will this 6 weeks take me away from Ubuntu, actually no- I have Flight 5 running successfully and will wait (sadly) to get the final release.

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RE[2]: Dapper Delayed
by jcinacio on Tue 21st Mar 2006 11:41 in reply to "RE: Dapper Delayed"
jcinacio Member since:
2006-03-12

In this case why try to include all the latest software at the cost of delaying the release. There is always backports for the latest software.
They could have simply released with a decent set of "polished" software and included the remaining in the backports, when the new software were "polished".


The delay is not about including the latest software, it's about more time for things like: bug-fix, QA, LSB certification, localisation, and polish.

Mark Shuttleworth considered these points essential, and the 6 weeks delay essential to get things done.

Beeing this the first version that will be supported for 5 years, and fully supported for "corporate use", i think it should not be compared to the previous releases in terms of release schedule.
Personally, i think the delay is the only decision possible at this time, as hard as it may be for some users to understand it because for them "it just works".

The commitment to try and make ubuntu dapper (6.06) the best release possible is commendable.

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