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Re: Backports is better than Ubuntu because it fixes the right problem

Here Here Ben. I completely agree. 

While I understand how hard it is to do two things at the same time (keep the 
current release up to date and work on the next release), abandoning the 
currently release is not the correct course of action.

The backport boys (eek sounds like a horrible teen boy band) are doing the 
correct and logical thing. 

Thank you very much people. It is greatly appreciated.

Kate Draven

On Sunday 12 February 2006 10:23 am, Ben Vinger wrote:
> By watching the behaviour of Distro developers, you
> would think the day a distro version is released is
> the day it dies.
> >From then onwards, only  the next version counts.
> >
> >From the viewpoint  of the user, the distro's life
> starts on the day it is released.
> That is why there is such a big disconnect between
> Distro developers and users.
> If a user wants the next version of package X, the
> distro developers are generally not interested in
> providing that.  They expect the user to:
> 1.) install the (at first) horribly unstable next
> version of the distro, preferably supplying them with
> encouragement and praises along the way.
> 2.) failing that, wait for the next version.
> This is where Ubuntu seemed to come to the rescue - at
> least its next version is never that far away.
> But Ubuntu is not solving the real problem directly,
> which is the developers abandoning a distro on its
> release day (apart from security updates).
> That is why I appreciated Backports so much - you are
> fixing the right problem.
> Thanks guys - especially Daniel Bauman for KDE 3.5,
> and Martin Pitt for PostgreSql 8.1
> Ben
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