On Tuesday 16 December 2008, Stephan Kulow wrote:
Actually many complained that 11.1 had a too short release cycle - so they did not really start testing because they hardly finished their 11.0 polishing and I guess that's right for many. And if you go with a may release with many developers having prolonged christmas holidays and ask for an extended RC phase to stabilize and translate, this gives very little time over a kernel and a gcc update. Does pretty hard to sell to users to me.
Well, perhaps we shouldn't focus so much on "selling openSUSE" but rather on selling the addons of openSUSE, namely a well-maintained contrib repository, various build service projects and make it easy for them to be installed in parallel on openSUSE and the community support around it.
Thats where the openSUSE as a product looses a bit of focus and rather provides a regularly updated base system (including new hardware enablement etc), and the focus is shifted towards openSUSE as a community project.
As an example: I recently bought a new notebook and 11.0 didn't even boot on it upon first start, so I had to start installing it with a horribly broken 11.1 Beta in order to get something out of it at all. I would have preferred a 11.1 that was just as good as 11.0 but had the newer kernel etc which I needed for being able to complete installation. There are plans of various chipset vendors to release new hardware platforms before mid of 2009, and possibly 11.1 will again no longer boot on them and will need a newer base system.