What Shuttleworth said was interesting, but I think he missed the point. Time-based releases
are indeed quite valuable. The kernel offers a pretty good demonstration of this, though it is
not as rigid in its schedule as Shuttleworth might be looking for. I don't buy that there is
value in coordinating releases across distros, however. Release timing is influenced by the
needs of consumers and Ubuntu's consumers are not the same as those for Red Hat Enterprise
Furthermore, many embedded developers are de facto mini-distros. Our schedules are driven by
things like the Christmas buying season, or the need to release at a particular trade show. We
just could not care less about any server- or desktop-oriented distro release schedule.