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Re: [opensuse] Release Cycle
  • From: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 10:10:30 +0100 (MET)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0612281001470.15825@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

On Dec 27 2006 20:17, John Andersen wrote:
>On Wednesday 27 December 2006 17:09, Felix Miata wrote:
>> I think Mandriva's switch to 12 months from 6 was a mistake.

As long as Debian is even beyond that, it does not matter ;-)

>I would vote for 1 year releases and a three year maintenance window.

Probably too much maintenance work that is "better spent" on SLEx.

>Kernel development has slowed down somewhat

[Expression of disagreement]

-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 36533484 Dec 24 2004 linux-2.6.10.tar.bz2
+3 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 37075679 Mar 2 2005 linux-2.6.11.tar.bz2
+3.5 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 37511570 Jun 18 2005 linux-2.6.12.tar.bz2
+2.3 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 38372729 Aug 29 2005 linux-2.6.13.tar.bz2
+1.999 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 39172170 Oct 28 2005 linux-2.6.14.tar.bz2
+2.1 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 39832836 Jan 3 2006 linux-2.6.15.tar.bz2
+3.5 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 40845005 Mar 20 2006 linux-2.6.16.tar.bz2
+3 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 41272919 Jun 18 2006 linux-2.6.17.tar.bz2
+3 months
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 41863580 Sep 20 05:56 linux-2.6.18.tar.bz2
+1 month
-rw-r--r-- 1 emoenke ftp 42733268 Nov 29 23:20 linux-2.6.19.tar.bz2
(FYI: +0.9 months
Dec 24 linux-2.6.20-rc2.tar.bz2)

It is basically stable, with an exception between 2.6.18 and 2.6.19.
Whether this less-than-3-month trend continues I do not know, but
currently it looks like 10.3 won't ship with just 2.6.20.

>and having new releases as frequently as in the past seems less
>needed.

That seems true indeed. Quite a lot console programs have not changed
in 10.2. I think I still have some 10.1 packages left in rpmdb.


-`J'
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