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: Mark Shuttleworth to "blame"
by mgl.branco on Wed 29th Jul 2009 14:21 UTC in reply to "Mark Shuttleworth to "blame""
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True. Shuttleworth is the one to blame. Debian move is a capitulation to Ubuntu... and I don't think it's for the best. I just hope they know what they do and still focus on quality, not anyone's marketing needs.

IMHO, I don't think that a strict, or semi-strict like now Debian's, release cycle is productive, at least with short cycles, and I believe is detrimental first to stability and second to innovation. I wish I'm wrong here.

I say this because I think that Ubuntu has been living up until now on the fruits of Debian and not on any merit derived from decision making in the distro, aside of marketing, obviously. As an example of bad administration, language packs in launchpad are NOT sync with upstream. My upstream KDE translations, for example, are not sync back and forth in Ubuntu. This is horribly insane.

Edited 2009-07-29 14:22 UTC

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kenji Member since:

I think that desktop linux users are to 'blame', not Shuttleworth although placing blame seems too severe at this point. Fedora, Mandriva and Ubuntu all have 'regular' release intervals and that is what desktop users have come to expect. If anything this move is to bring some Ubuntu users (and other desktop users) to Debian, not to bow to Ubuntu.

Honestly the erratic release cycle of debian is the largest hurdle keeping me away from it.

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Redeeman Member since:

Honestly the erratic release cycle of debian is the largest hurdle keeping me away from it.

Yes.. because.. how would you EVER be able to sleep not knowing if you were to upgrade the software on your computers in april or july? oh teh horror!

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boldingd Member since:

For me, it's that most of the packages in stable are pretty old - and, if you want something new, maybe something that came out in the last six months (or a year), it might not be available at all. Unstable doesn't necessarily help much: it's, well, unstable, and while it's packages are a little newer, it may well not have what you want either.

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