Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 17:58 UTC, submitted by visitor
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After announcing the move to Unity, and the eventual move to Wayland further down the line (someday one day perhaps eventually maybe once when unicorns roam the earth), Ubuntu is announcing yet another major change, this time in its release policy. While they're not moving to a rolling release as some websites are claiming, they will update components and applications more often.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 25th Nov 2010 03:00 UTC
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

The biggest problem I've always had with the Linux world is the enormous number of distributions using custom patches that unleash hell onto the end user and the upstream project being inundated with bug submissions caused by those stupid patches.

Could we please have distributions stick to vanilla builds that don't use insane optimisations? I'm not really asking for much - stick to the pure source provided by the upstream project and when it comes to compiling I'm quite happy with the distribution sticking with -Os instead of the alphabet soup of tweaks and optimisations afterwards.

We're at this situation because with each patch, with each optimisation the further apart the distributions become in terms of compatibility. A bug that might appear in one distribution doesn't appear in another, a problem with one distribution might not appear in another thus making upstream projects like Chrome, Firefox and so on pull their hair out dealing with distribution specific bugs.

I've always been tempted to, one day, just create such a distribution that doesn't attempt to be exciting but merely a stable platform that gives end users what they need but without all the patching and fanfare that sometimes occurs by distributions.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by dylansmrjones on Thu 25th Nov 2010 03:21 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I can't mod you up, so I'll just say: Amen, Reverend.

Particularly the parts about stupid patches and sticking to vanilla builds.

Oh yeah, and the part about merely being a stable platform instead of exciting.

Well, really - all of it.

EDIT: Missed the part about your thoughts on creating your own distribution (part of merely being stable). Been there, tried it. Might try again, if anybody's with me ;) *nudge nudge wink wink*

Edited 2010-11-25 03:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Soulbender on Thu 25th Nov 2010 08:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Particularly the parts about stupid patches and sticking to vanilla builds.

Oh yeah, and the part about merely being a stable platform instead of exciting.


Aren't you a Gentoo user? ;)

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