2008/12/19 Vincent Untz firstname.lastname@example.org:
openSUSE 11.1 is almost out of the door and we (coolo, aj, zonker and myself) had some discussion about the release date for openSUSE 11.2.
So I read the whole thread -- that's quite interesting. I'm replying mainly from a desktop point of view, which I guess isn't that surprising
First, a few facts:
That was a very clear and interesting summary.
Or we keep the proposed schedule. And use Magnus' idea of creating an add-on, but in a different way: release openSUSE 11.2 with GNOME 2.26 and create an (semi-?)official add-on for 2.28 that we release in early October. Looking at this add-on could be interesting to see if it's possible to ship an updated and working GNOME after less than 4 weeks after the GNOME release. I don't know how the GNOME team (and more generally, the users) would like the idea, but I find the challenge of having the distro accept a big official update as an add-on quite interesting.
From a current KDE 3.5 user perspective, shipping the "core" with
KDE-4.3 with a stable GNOME sounds good.
The distro can get more publicity, by pre-announcing the GNOME 2.28 addition on the stable base of 11.2 + updates, and then issueing new Live CD's as a 11.2.1 or 11.2 + GNOME 2.28 Addon.
In past, SuSE made significant updates available to the "attentive" user base. But it never seemed to be "loud and proud" enough to get mindshare and break the meme, that the release packages were somehow fixed in stone and unchanging, such as is case in Debian "stable" for instance. So the ppl who read SuSE usenet or forums, or mail lists would know they could install software upgrades, but not the average Linux user reading magazines or news sites.
I like the idea, of big softare packages and environments, shipping when they're ready and meeting good quality standards, rather than having to ship as is, because of an important event. That leads to having to replace almost every package soon after with update.