Posted Jun 11, 2009 17:28 UTC (Thu) by sbergman27 (subscriber, #10767)
Parent article: Linux Mint 7 "Gloria"
Linux Mint subscribes to Debian's "release when ready" philosophy.
That's a bit of an odd way to start out an article about a distro which piggybacks Ubuntu, adding a few flourishes and wallpapers, and which typically releases about 2 weeks after Ubuntu's time-based releases, giving then just about enough time to repackage, recompile, and do some testing. That's no slight on either Mint or Ubuntu. In fact, it means that neither of those distros are likely to fall into the "Will Current+1 *ever* be released?!" trap of Debian Sarge fame.
Personally, I think that a well managed project, with reasonable feature inclusion goals, and with managers who are not afraid to say 'no' when appropriate, or to cut planned features when necessary, do a lot better than projects with wishy-washy goals and project management, which then try to hide behind "It's ready when it's ready!" month after month after month, when the real problem is the way their releases are managed.
Debian has done better with their last two releases than they did with Sarge, though. My impression is that they are informally shooting for about 18 months, time based. And are actually achieving about 22 months between releases. So even Debian has backed away some from 'Debian's "release when ready"' philosophy.