On Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 08:43:09PM +0100, John Watson wrote:
> Some fantastic ideas
> First of all I would like to say how great Debian is as a operating system
> and a linux distro. I have tried many distribution but always come back to
> Debian. What I find wrong with these so called distros is that they always
> artificially alter components, components deleted/missing and loads of
> useless bells and whistles that never work..... I have some ideas which may
> or may not improve the project or least something to discuss about......
> 1) I just find that releases are being delayed due to the obsession with
First, that's not actually true. While security surely is one concern,
it certainly isn't the only one under consideration when releasing.
Second, I don't think security is something we should be compromising
> If Microsoft was Debian then Microsoft would only be releasing
> Windows XP now,
Well, they aren't. And just in case you didn't notice, it took Debian
less time to release etch than it took Microsoft to release Vista; and
on top of that, they had to throw out a bunch of planned features in
order to make that happen, which was not the case for us.
I really don't see where your statement is coming from.
> I would suggest having two releases of Debian, one "really stable" which
> could be released every 2 years, another one "stable" released every 6
> months by taking a freeze of the current "testing" distro and spending a
> month (no more) fixing any major bugs. I personally believe the "testing"
> version is as stable as many of the other distros in the market. I normally
> use the testing version however when it comes to a release of the stable
> version, updates on testing are few with a increase temptation to switch to
> a different distro.
Is there a problem with starting to use testing, say, six months to a
year after the release? If so, what?
> 2)One real issue with Debian is a lack of admin tools, (such as yast is for
> SuSE). Considering starting a project to develop a range of gui based admin
> tools for Debian.
> What are folks view on this and is there any other similar projects?
I don't think there is anyone working on that currently, but there's
nothing wrong with it. Creating an interface that would give one a
"control panel" type of view, allowing to configure packages using
debconf, could surely be a good idea.
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