Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jul 2009 09:50 UTC, submitted by kragil
Debian and its clones Most mainstream distributions, like Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mandriva, have already adopted a time-based release schedule, meaning that releases are not done on a feature basis, but according to a pre-determined time schedule. The Debian project has announced that it has adopted a time-based release schedule too.
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RE: the end of Debian ?
by kragil on Wed 29th Jul 2009 10:50 UTC in reply to "the end of Debian ?"
kragil
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2006-01-04

Read the whole text.(Thom picked a misleading headline, I am not to blame ;) ) The release will not be time based, only the freeze will be time based. It will still be released "when it is done"(tm).

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RE[2]: the end of Debian ?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 29th Jul 2009 10:56 in reply to "RE: the end of Debian ?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Read the whole text.(Thom picked a misleading headline, I am not to blame ;) ) The release will not be time based, only the freeze will be time based. It will still be released "when it is done"(tm).


It's still a time-based release cycle - it's just that because Debian chose a longer timeframe, they also have more leeway between dev freeze and release. Ubuntu also has leeway between dev freeze and release, it's just shorter because the cycle is shorter as well.

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RE[3]: the end of Debian ?
by kragil on Wed 29th Jul 2009 11:40 in reply to "RE[2]: the end of Debian ?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Well, what Debian is doing is not a time based release cylce like Fedora, Mandrake or Ubuntu. They will freeze Debian Testing in december and they will start fixing RC bugs. There is no real time line from there on out. Theoretically they could release in january (highly unlikely) or in june (knowing Debian it could even be september)

So time based freeze is a more accurate description of what they are doing unless you consider within +-6 month a fixed time.

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RE[3]: the end of Debian ?
by mbit on Wed 29th Jul 2009 13:59 in reply to "RE[2]: the end of Debian ?"
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2009-07-29

It is misleading stating that
"Debian Adopts Two-Year Time-Based Release Cycle".

The article here quotes the following
"Time-based freezes will allow the Debian Project to blend the predictability of time based releases with its well established policy of feature based releases."

To break it down, they state that they blend two things
1. Time-based release cycle
2. Feature based release

What they get is not a
Time-based release cycle, but a
Time-based freeze cycle.

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