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    How often would you like to see a Debian release?
    Submitted by dale on Monday, June 14, 2004 – 01:00

    3 months
    5% (33 votes)
    6 months
    18% (112 votes)
    9 months
    10% (61 votes)
    1 year
    46% (283 votes)
    1.5 years
    12% (72 votes)
    2 years
    6% (36 votes)
    3 years
    3% (18 votes)

    Total votes: 615

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    Subject: Potental Lost
    Author: BrendaEM
    Date: Monday, 2004/08/30 – 18:15
    People at home don’t want to rock the boat.

    I understand wanting to respect the wishes of dedicated Debian contributers and users, as long as they understand that there are so many people who would use Debian, but they won’t because the development cycle is too long.

    If you want to test my theory, place the same poll on Slashdot or Distrowatch. I believe more people would try and use Debian if the software in the distribution was kept newer.

    Why do people put up with Redhat/Fedora? Because their implementation timing is about right. Sometimes they make mistakes like the NTFS boot issue, which was bad, but largely the age of the software they use is about right. Until Debian wakes up, I am stuck with RH’s visions of Yum and locked Gnome menus, I must endure a distro which may never care about sound, music, or multimedia.

    As maintainers of Debian, people can make intelligent decisions about the software in the Distribution. One person’s beta might be more bug free than another person’s X.0 release. I don’t think the logic of “wait and see” can always serve computing needs anymore. There are potential exploits out there, and baring beta releases, newer Linux software is better software, and I feel that what you are protecting your users from—are choices.

    [I am posted my comment with Firefox 0.9.3 which hasn’t crashed once since I installed it. I am using Gnome 2.6 which crashed perhaps twice in months of hard daily use—use including using 3D accelerated games. Windows 2000 GUI crashes more often that Gnome, and it’s just now being considered experimental?]

    It is interesting to me that: The one Linux distribution, built for quick easy updating, is one of the last ones to be updated.

    Thank you all for working on Debian.

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    Subject: Fixed yearly releases…
    Author: Diamond
    Date: Sunday, 2004/07/11 – 15:46
    If we had a fixed yearly release date, it would be easier on package mantainers and project leaders. Everyone would know when their packages had to be stable for and if it is worth upgrading to a new version.

    Broken packages could be dropped from the final release. This would only be possible if viable alternatives were available. Therefore all packages should have alternatives, including the Debian Installer.

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    Subject: When it’s ready.
    Author: nyu
    Date: Friday, 2004/07/02 – 01:53
    No sooner, no later. Just when it’s ready. This means when it is fully compliant with our goals described in the Social Contract:

    – Debian is free [software]
    – Debian has the quality to serve our users.

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    Subject: Quality
    Author: eean@drupal.org
    Date: Tuesday, 2004/07/20 – 16:04
    You can’t have a release every few years and expect quality. The release cycle is especially annoying as regards python and in general being able to run programs not part of Debian. Its hard to argue that it doesn’t degrade quality.

    The problem is people who want new stuff for their home computer just run testing or sid, so there’s less incentive to make relatively up-to-date stables, though up-to-date stables are necesary in a variety situations. A one year release cycle seems like a good idea.

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    Subject: It’s perfect as it is.
    And i
    Author: tmp123
    Date: Thursday, 2004/06/24 – 00:14
    It’s perfect as it is.
    And i’m happy to see the results ^_^
    I was a bit afraid everyone will say “every two hour”
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    Subject: Testing as a releasable canidate
    Author: wolftales
    Date: Monday, 2004/06/21 – 20:31
    If testing is meant to be a releaseable canidate, unstable the testing grounds for new or new versions of packages, and experimental the place where raw new packages are introduced/tested then updating or providing a stable release on a yearly basis would be an attainable goal. However, this doesn’t normally fit the server group that needs/want stable to be maintained for as long as possible.

    As a volunteer organization, resources available to provide security updates to multiple versions of debian may not be available. The current policy is to provide them to stable. Where fixes are incorporated into updated packages in testing/unstable.

    In the end, I would like to see testing maintained in a little cleaner fashion so that there is a viable alternative for the general desktop user, while stable is maintained similariy to current policy with prehaps a slightly shorter release cycle to leverage kernel and industry advances with Linux. This would give the average desktop user a more upto date version of debian while maintining stable for what it is, a solid, stable version that is maintained for a long time.

    Currently, stable is old enough that I either need to compile my own packages for packages that are not part of woody, or use external sources for those packages. Since woody was release with the 2.2 kernel as stable, it lacks some advanced package support for 2.4 functioniality. And now 2.6 has been labled as the stable relese of the kernel. The bright side is that sarge will not go stable until the 2.6 kernel has had a chance to mature, and that means package support should be far better than woody’s support of 2.4.

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    Subject: How about whenever it’s ready?
    Author: dabaum@jabber.org
    Date: Monday, 2004/06/14 – 15:00
    You can’t rush genius, you know. 😉

    Besides, who’s racing, here, anyway? I, for one, would prefer to see a well thought-out distribution that works than a barely functional collection of software haphazardly slapped together at the last minute in order to make some arbitrary deadline.

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    Subject: every day!
    Author: nichead
    Date: Monday, 2004/06/14 – 01:38
    but sid is just perfect for that!

    otherwise, a stable build every 6-12 months would be great and not too outdated.

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    Subject: 1 year
    Author: KiyuKo
    Date: Monday, 2004/06/14 – 11:08
    I think 1 year is just perfect. the software in the old release is not so out-of-date jet, and the one in the new release is gretly improved.
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    Subject: RE: 1 year
    Author: karstenw
    Date: Monday, 2004/06/21 – 17:04
    Yeah 1 year is pretty good, and 1.5 is still acceptable too. I wouldn’t mind if it took 1.5 years to release a really choice distro;)
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