Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Mar 2009 22:15 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE Following in the footsteps of distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora, the openSUSE project has announced it will move to a fixed release schedule. However, contrary to the two aforementioned distributions, openSUSE will have an eight month release schedule. The new schedule was announced in an email by release manager Stephan Kulow.
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RE: I don't get it!
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 7th Mar 2009 18:06 UTC in reply to "I don't get it!"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

I have yet to understand the fascination with these fixed release schedules. Any long time Ubuntu user will tell you that it has become more and more unstable with each release, as if the overall quality has been decreasing to the point that some people started questioning their QA process.

There's nothing absolutely "wrong" with fixed releases in general. They can work just as well as non-fixed released if planned well. On the other hand, Ubuntu tries to add too much that they obviously can't do successfully in only six months. In that case, they should either:

1. Delay the release.
2. Re-think their schedule.

Unfortunately, it seems they'd rather do neither, which means release on time (bugs and all) and keep their current, probably too-fast, 6-month schedule. Hell, I recall only a single Ubuntu delay in all the time I've been following it, and that was a long time ago. I've thought in the past that 6 months is possibly too short, and that 8 would likely be better. Over time, it's just becoming more apparent.

Fedora is another distro with a 6-month schedule that I've noticed has the same problem with Ubuntu, or at least it seems. Congrats to openSUSE for deciding upon a schedule based a little more on reality than just giving them the right to say, "hey we release twice a year!" Hopefully if they end up starting to have similar problems as the other guys though, they do the right thing and actually do something about it.

I doubt that Ubuntu's "marketing" team will allow them to switch their schedule any time soon, because the ability to say they release every half-a-year is probably quite valuable to their image. However, Fedora appears to be aiming to be largely a place to implement new bleeding-edge stuff for the further progress of Linux distros in general (and especially RHEL), so for them it's somewhat tolerable under those circumstances (IMO).

Edited 2009-03-07 18:09 UTC

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RE[2]: I don't get it!
by matej on Sat 7th Mar 2009 19:03 in reply to "RE: I don't get it!"
matej Member since:
2007-05-27

I doubt that Ubuntu's "marketing" team will allow them to switch their schedule any time soon, because the ability to say they release every half-a-year is probably quite valuable to their image.


I'm not sure about that. Read this:

"He also pledged to deliver the next Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, version 10.4, in April 2010 - unless, of course, Red Hat, Novell and Debian decide to co-operate on a synchronized release at a different time." (source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/13/ubuntu_linux_synchronizatio... )

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