Re: Future releases of Debian
Adrian Bunk <firstname.lastname@example.org> a tapoté :
> some of you might still know me, some time ago I was a Debian developer.
> >From the point of view of a user there are two big problems of Debian:
> 1. stable releases  are infrequent
> 2. stable releases are unpredictable
> Point 1. affects many people - the software in Debian 3.0 is currently
> roughly one and a half years old. It's not only a problem if you want to
> use the latest KDE or GNOME - it's often non-trivial to find a new
> graphics card that is supported by XFree86 or a new scanner that is
> supported by SANE if you want to use Debian 3.0 . It's not needed to
> release as often as other distributions, but one release a year is badly
> If you need more recent software there are currently the following
> 1. unstable (the name says everything)
> 2. testing (lack of security fixes, changes every day)
> 3. stable with one or more backports, often of varying quality and
> with additional problems if you mix different backport sources
> 4. RedHat, SuSE, Gentoo,...
> In production environments you usually have to choose between 3. and
What is a production environment? I would not advise to get backports
on a server... Woody is wonderful for servers, with no experimental
stuff and correct security update.
For desktop, the fact that testing changes frequently is absolutely
not a problem: if you install the distros in 4, and update whenever a
new version is available, you already frequently change the tools you
> The only thing that really matters for me is to get a distribution that
> is reliable usable in production environments.
"production environment" is a trendy word but you should define what
it means for you - Because the current releases of Debian are perfectly
ok for me in a production environment.
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