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Re: [News] Debian Changes Its Release Policy

Hadron wrote:

> bbgruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> Debian Decides to Adopt Time-Based Release Freezes
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | The Debian project has decided to adopt a new policy of time-based
>>> | development freezes for future releases, on a two-year cycle. Freezes
>>> | will from now on happen in the December of every odd year, which means
>>> | that releases will from now on happen sometime in the first half of
>>> | every even year.
>>> `----
>> This fits very well with what Mark Shuttleworth was hoping for, doesn't
>> it? Presumably Ubuntu LTS releases will in future fit in with this?
> Why would you assume that? Ubuntu <> Debian although they do indeed
> steal all the hard work and put little if anything back.

QUOTE (Interview July 2009):-
*Shuttleworth* : Yes. Like a short-term release cycle and a long-term
release cycle superimposed on one another. And the really big news here is
that we've been having very good discussions with the Debian release team.
So the Debian release team has indicated that they are very open - not
about a release date but a freeze date. That freeze date would be the time
where we sit around and look at all the major components and decide what
the major versions would be that we collaborate around. There is no
pressure that we have to agree on everything, but just actually having the
conversation is useful for any upstreams who care about this information.

The LTS will be either 10.04 or 10.10 - based on the conversation that is
going on right now between Debian and Ubuntu. So we've given up some
control when our LTS will be, Debian's giving up some control but the
shared result will be quite powerful, we'll be giving upstreams a reason to
say "Let's not land all those crazy changes right now, if we want the
Debian and Ubuntu major release go out well".

So you could say, why would upstreams care about Debian and Ubuntu, and I
think the most important thing is for us to try to get even more
distributions in that meta-cycle. What I believe is going to emerge as a
sort-of a "best practices" in the open source community that projects will
have a short-term-release -cycle, like an agile iteration cycle, which
could be three months, it could be four months, it could be six months. And
than they'll have a longer cycle which will be two years. If we solve that,
we solve the general part of your question.


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