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openSUSE rethinks its release process

openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 21, 2012 22:16 UTC (Thu) by troy.unrau (guest, #73654)
Parent article: openSUSE rethinks its release process

I, for one, am not fond of fixed release schedules. It's something that Canonical brought to the linux ecosystem and some projects (KDE, Gnome) adopted to appease the darling child. Other distros followed suit, but chose cycles that weren't 6 months so they would appear to be independent. Would personally prefer a regression towards 'release early, release often' instead of release cycles.

Of course, this is mostly opinion and I don't have any real objective evidence to say that release cycles are bad.


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openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 21, 2012 22:56 UTC (Thu) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

Gnome was already performing 6-monthly releases before Ubuntu existed. Canonical aligned their schedule to Gnome releases.

openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 22, 2012 8:50 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227) [Link]

> Would personally prefer a regression towards 'release early, release often'

I was under the impression that the majority of distros' policy was "release when it's ready". The problem with this policy is that it implies a clear goal (ready for what?), something community distros lack most of the time.

Cyclic stabilization and release make much more sense when you're in cruise mode, with no goals in sight.

openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 28, 2012 12:59 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950) [Link]

That Canonical adopted the GNOME release cycle was already mentioned.

The release early and often is exactly what the 6 month cycle makes possible. Feature based results in way fewer releases.

I think LWN explained once quite nicely the benefits of time based releases. Also that various projects are moving towards this.

I find the firefox model quite interesting. But I'm not how to make that work in practice when you have loads and loads of modules, all with their own dependencies on eachother.

openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 28, 2012 15:22 UTC (Thu) by gvy (guest, #11981) [Link]

There's a difference between "release early, release often" and "release too early, release too often" -- that said, it's been quite a time I've seen *any* code released by a person who told those words (as a co-half-maintainer of fetchmail package in ALT Linux too, ahem).

I think that 6-month release cycle for something of a Linux distribution size is just plain crazy marketing -- the realistic lengths being somewhere between 12 and 18 months depending on the scope for "generic base" distros, and rather closer to two years for actually supportable ones.

Heck, even Mr. Shuttlewraith seems to understand that with LTS releases.

Disclaimer: I'm contributing to ALT Linux since 2001 and quite a few of the things this article talks about sound quite familiar; my best wishes to openSUSE team sorting it all out.


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