Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. Almost two months later, though, according to the February 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 release critical bugs.
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RE: Bad to linux and debian
by g2devi on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 23:38 UTC in reply to "Bad to linux and debian"
g2devi
Member since:
2005-07-09

Long release times aren't an issue for people who have chosen Debian (or RHEL, or SUSE Enterprise). If you want to have a stable distribution with a few more current packages, you can either use a backport (best approach), pin based on Debian unstable/testing (not my favourite), from compile your own version (the universal fallback).

The only problem for corporate users is that without regular (even if they are long) release times, it's not really possible to do any deployment planning. I seriously doubt that Debian will soon become a hobbyist distro since it's always been this way and has grown despite the irregular releases. However, the irregular releases do limit Debian's market potential, especially if the Ubuntu Long Term Support releases happen regularly and with Debian-like reliability (only time will tell).

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shapeshifter Member since:
2006-09-19

If you want to have a stable distribution with a few more current packages, you can either use a backport (best approach), pin based on Debian unstable/testing (not my favourite), from compile your own version (the universal fallback).

Yes, it makes life harder on both the desktop and the server when installing on new hardware that's supported only in the latest kernels.
Even Etch wouldn't recognize sata hard disks and optical drives on newer motherboards late last year when I was trying to install it.
The *buntus had no problems since they used a newer kernel.
It's very hard to justify the extra time spent on kicking Debian into usable shape on new hardware when I can just pop in a *buntu disk and have a fully functional install half hour later.

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da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

Etch uses currently the 2.6.18 kernel (I believe it still had 2.6.17 late last year). Now, the product in the *buntu family that's comparable with Debian Etch (a stable Debian release) would be Ubuntu Dapper Drake (with "Long Term Support"), which uses the 2.6.15 kernel. So, Ubuntu's LTS release doesn't really support your latest hardware any better than Debian Etch.

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