The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
Posted Jun 8, 2006 11:01 UTC (Thu) by jpetso
Parent article: The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
This issue shows again how broken that whole "freeze the versions"
concept actually is.
It's a shame that those distros don't even update minor versions
(x.y.1 -> x.y.2) and instead patch everything themselves. I'm actually
surprised that this problem has been able to be ignored for so long, but
sooner or later it has to come up. You can't seriously maintain security
updates for longer than the mainline applications do, and then you're
supposed to upgrade to the next major version, because the previous one
is outdated, unmaintained and plain obsolete anyways.
Security updates for multiple years may be a good idea for server
software and the base system, but it's not viable for desktop
applications. IMHO the users should just bite the bullet and cope with
the implications of a major upgrade. It should not be up to the distro to
maintain what is no longer maintained.
This is my only major gripe against binary distros like (K)Ubuntu. I mean
hey, Gentoo can also provide a stable branch while continuously updating
their software, why can't any of the binary distros do something similar?
Damn those stability gurus.
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