Re: Debian doesn't have to be slower than time.
Glenn McGrath wrote:
I dont agree with Joel's answers but i think its wrong and
counterproductive to discourage people from trying to improve debians
Just a minor thought/interjection: mightn't the entire processes be
speeded up if developers were _encouraged_ to use 'testing' as their
distribution? And I mean "encouraged to" like "publicly flamed and
beaten soundly for not".
The only reason I say that is that testing simply gives a more stable,
in general, way to keep on top of new developments, but does little to
nothing to getting a new release out. On the other hand, if developers
aren't even able to update to their own latest packages until they
filter into testing, the distribution as a whole remains more suitable
for release, because things like library dependencies are kept better in
sync and safe updates should filter in more quickly.
The issue of unresolved release critical bugs will not go away, except
for the fact that they shouldn't be pushed into testing at all, given
that they are caught in time. The current crop of release critical bugs
then are just a manifestation of the fact this this release of testing
is no different that a traditional freeze of unstable, since Debian
never had a clean testing distribution to start with because testing was
created from unstable in the beginning, not from stable [iirc].
Either way, the delay is the typical glacial Debain release process,
hopefully for the last time (then we have a stable testing). Now if
only all developers developed against testing, we'd be one step closer
to the endgame come new release time.