That's one of the big problems with a time-based release strategy for an LTS - good for marketing and potentially bad for stability. In fact I'm not a fan of time-based releases for software that's hard to debug - "release when ready" with thorough automated regression testing is more likely to give good results.
Is anyone working on a distributed automated test suite for Linux distros, a bit like CPAN Testers - http://wiki.cpantesters.org/wiki/WhatIsCPANTesters - or this IBM effort from 2005: http://linux.slashdot.org/story/05/06/05/1426206/Linux-Ke... ?
My feeling is that the testing model for Linux is really quite ad hoc with little automation and fairly random coverage, so that major regressions are introduced (Intel graphics worked fine in Ubuntu 8.04 and earlier) and they are only found when distros at beta or release stages, and often not fixed.
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