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[2]: the end of Debian ? - well said
by jabbotts on Wed 29th Jul 2009 15:26 UTC in reply to "RE: the end of Debian ?"
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For the end user, it's not when the distro releases but when the current distro stops recieving update packages.

I used this approach with Mandriva for years before giving Debian it's due. When I stop seeing updates for my current Mandriva version, it's time to upgrade. 2007.1 isn't getting updates so it's time to choose between 2008.1 and 2009.#. Ok, it would have been time but Lenny has replaced it on all but my last desktop. In my current case, when 2008.1 on that stops receiving updates, I'll have already confirmed my final question; how does Lenny (or Squeeze by that time maybe) support my Nvidia GPU and Hauppauge tuner board.

(checkinstall has single-handedly taken care of anything not in the repositories that has to go in from tarball.)

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