While there are obvious technical reasons for updating software, there are very important philosophical decisions involved as evident by the different approaches taken. Certain distributions especially long term don't include newer versions for example support only for Python 2.3 (2003) when Python 2.5 (2006) is current. Others distributions hope attempt to address it by relatively fast releases. Others have experimental sections that allow cutting edge stuff. Each of these approaches can really impact the type of interaction.
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