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openSUSE rethinks its release process

openSUSE rethinks its release process

Posted Jun 28, 2012 12:59 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
In reply to: openSUSE rethinks its release process by troy.unrau
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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.

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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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