Added as in uploaded or added as becoming part of the repository?
If the former, how long did it take to become part of the repository it was uploaded to? If the latter, what was the time of the upload?
> It become available to Debian users “Tue, 04 May 2013”
That would suggest that the first of the two dates was the upload date, not the date when it added to the Debian package repository, however
> when Wheezy was finally released
suggest that the second date is a Debian release date, which makes is highly unlikely that it is also the date of the package being added to the repository (nobody adds new packages on the day of release).
So from those pieces I gather that GIMP 2.8 appeared in the Debian package respository on Tue, 08 May 2012.
So assuming a fully ready, packaged and tested, GIMP was uploaded on that day, then it took 5 days for the package to become available.
Longer than the couple of hours that I have witnessed for some packages, but still a lot faster than months or years as others have claimed.
> Why are interested in this time?
It is the only time that is added by the app store or repository provider. All time before that is controlled by the software vendor, all time after that is controlled by the person or automated system installing the software.
> Sure, that time is measured in hours, but end-users don't see the package for months and years
So we are talking about user who neither use automated update checking nor manually open the store frontend or have it confgured to not download new package lists on open?
The only app store that I have experience with that works differently is the PlayStation store, which displayes new games in some kind of overlay when the user idles in the main menu. Neither Nokia's Ovi Store, nor BlackBerry's AppWorld ever did that on my devices.
They notify about updates but so do Linux distribution update managers.
> App developer determines the date when software is available
Specifying a later date, as in wait for a certain date even if approved earlier, is the only difference that I can see.
I can definitely see the value in that, i.e. uploading your package a month in advance to have some buffer for review delays.
I wonder if anyone has ever approached any Linux distributor with a request for that and if, why they decided not to add that capability.