Fragmentation on the Linux Desktop (Is it Normal?) (Datamation)
Posted May 9, 2012 11:34 UTC (Wed) by khim
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If distributions lag behind upstream, then upstream will have less feedback and development will be slower. You're going against the "release early, release often" basically.
Does it really matter? Developers usually don't want to talk about distro-supplied options anyway, they ask you to test latest version from git.
This is where the whole thing falls apart: typical user of server-side software can build and test top-of-the-tree software: server-side software tend to be simpler (or at least more self-contained) and users are more computer-savvy. Typical user of Linux desktop can not do this (many of them are completely lost when they need to use command line, for example). This breaks "release early, release often" cycle completely: feedback from actual users can only be received when it's way too late to change anything.
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