The Linux roadmap
Posted Dec 9, 2004 20:57 UTC (Thu) by error27
Parent article: The Linux roadmap
Three years is far too long to plan ahead in software development. It goes against the open source philosophy of release early and often.
Look at the GIMP. They tried to have a huge release instead of incremental releases but it backfired. Everyone was stuck with old software. FilmGIMP forked. They had to drastically scale back their plans and start releasing incrementally improved software again.
RedHat is moving away from massive releases with their Fedora stuff.
The kernel is moving away from massive releases with the new development procedures.
My feeling is that stuff doesn't get tested or bug fixed as well if it's not released with incremental improvements. It's obvious that no one wants to run the unstable kernel. Also I think there is a feeling sometimes during the devel stage that bug fixes can wait until closer to the end.
Someone should do a study on this...
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