OLS: Shuttleworth on free software development
Posted Jul 31, 2008 22:08 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
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if the current Fedora, Ubuntu or SuSE
includes three different versions of X, the maintainance load on the X developers is three
times bigger because they get bugs from three different releases
Don't they just largely ignore reports against releases other than current? I mean, a developer tries to apply a bug report to the current release, but if it isn't easy, he tells the reporter to reproduce it in current code. And if the developer creates a fix, he tests it and releases it in the current release. Any support for older releases shipped by packagers has to come from those packagers.
Now, where a project actually maintains 3 release streams (i.e. there is a current 1.x, a current 2.x, and a current 3.x), it's probably because it's in the project's best interest to have users of all three at once -- the 1.x is more stable than the 3.x, so you want people to use 1.x if they can and reduce the total bug handling burden.
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