Am Saturday 05 December 2009 10:16:27 schrieb Will Stephenson:
The KDE and maintenance teams are taking the unprecedented step of a point release update to KDE SC 4.3.4 in our 'STABLE' repository and from then as an online update to 11.2. Normally we don't do version updates in online updates, preferring to backport patches to the released version.
I'll be straight with you; the impetus for doing this comes from putting 4.3.4 on an enterprise product and we don't want to maintain two 4.3 codebases, but we're confident that this is a good thing for openSUSE users, because:
- 4.3.4 has 2 months' more upstream bugfixing in it, compared to 4.3.1.
This includes a major Plasma performance bug fix.
- 4.3.4 is the final planned release in the KDE 4.3 series and will
therefore have the longest shelf life. It will be easier to apply future fixes from the KDE 4.3 branch to 4.3.4 packages than to 4.3.1 packages.
- having 4.3.4 on an enterprise product gives us additional reasons
(customers' money!) to fix bugs in it, benefitting openSUSE users too.
We are aware that any version update has the potential to include regressions, but:
4.3.4 is a point release with only bugfixes and translation updates
we've seen a lot of use of the KDE:43 repo from 11.2 users without a
lot more bugs
- other distributions have already shipped 4.3.2 and are going to push
point releases as online updates as well
We have consulted the openSUSE maintenance team, who were in favour of this move. The online update will take place after a period of testing 4.3.4 on 11.2 in KDE:KDE4:STABLE:Desktop.
The sole drawback to this that we're aware of is that this will be a large online update download; we hope you will agree the benefits will be worth it.
-- Will Stephenson, openSUSE Team SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nürnberg - AG Nürnberg - HRB 16746 - GF: Markus Rex
Will this 4.3.4 Version be fixed at some time (only one time synced with KDE:43) meaning still to use KDE43 repo for getting bugfixes from upstream? Or is the plan to wait so long, 4.3.4 upstream is closed?