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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Barnabyh
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2006-02-06

Just curious, but why don't you just use Acrobat Reader then in a corporate environment if .pdf's matter that much.
Seems worth it getting the proper 'original' app for this, or was it just and example and not really the only issue.
Myself, I can't find anythin wrong with a two year old system that's still receiving security updates, but then I'm a home user. Lenny is the most stable/solid I've tried though in recent months with absolutely everything working fine (even wireless and with added kernel modules for Vbox and vmware) being the smoothest experience ever, and I thought that would count for something in the business world too?

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Just curious, but why don't you just use Acrobat Reader then in a corporate environment if .pdf's matter that much.

We used to. Adobe's product has horrors of its own. But yes, that was only an example. The flexibility of being able to upgrade at reasonable time periods turned out to be more valuable than the 'stability' of long release cycles. That experiment took about four years to complete, and there is no doubt in my mind as to the result.

Myself, I can't find anythin wrong with a two year old system that's still receiving security updates, but then I'm a home user.

Bingo. Supporting 70 users in a business environment is *completely* different than simply satisfying one's self. My users, collectively, do a lot more different things than I do. Print about 150,000 pages a month. And problems which would have you or me throwing up our hands in digust at the website, or pdf generator, or whatever, in question, and simply refusing to deal with that entitiy... I actually have to solve. No matter how badly the entity perverts standards. And no matter how distasteful the "solution" might be. (e.g. I have a number of people using IE6 under Wine)

It's all challenging enough when I'm dealing with the current software versions. The added impediment of dealing with where the OSS world was 2 years ago makes it that much worse. And despite all the advice one gets about "just get this or that from testing" (or unstable!) the fact of the matter is that doing so is completely unsupported. When people casually advise me to do that on my live servers, I'm tempted to send them some sort of "assumption of liability" document to sign and get back to me. But while the community is full of advice, I doubt many would have it signed and notarized and send it back.

Lenny is the most stable/solid I've tried though in recent months with absolutely everything working fine

Lenny was released in February of this year. We upgraded our biggest server in April, 2 months later. Just out of curiosity, because so many Debian fans come out of the woodwork to ooze about how wonderful Debian is, I decided to do a quick eval on the new server. Lenny wouldn't even install. Couldn't see the SATA controllers. The kernel was too old to recognize that hardware. I shook my head and continued on, installing the distro that we had decided to use. And it went flawlessly.

Just as a note, Lenny won't install on my workstation either. SATA problem again, on a board I purchased last July. However, Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 8.10, released 4 months previous to Lenny, have no problem with it.

Edited 2009-07-30 12:45 UTC

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