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Re: Future releases of Debian

On Sat, Jul 19, 2003 at 01:40:45PM +0200, Eduard Bloch wrote:

> Moin Adrian!

Hallo Eduard!

> > My point was the other way round:
> > Commercial distributions dont't force you to switch to a new release 
> > every few months. This is similar to Debian (but they offer you more 
> > frequent updates if you want them).
> Muahaha. They may give you (affordable) support for the next three
> release cycles, and when they release three times in year, how long is
> the support period then (compared to Debian), heh?

Your sentence might be true for personal editions of these distributions
that are released frequently. The support for their server products is 
available much longer than the support for Debian.

E.g. SuSE gives for their Linux Enterprise Server Support & Security
Maintenance five years after the product availability [1].

Commercial distributions offer both very frequent releases and
long-living releases (in different products). Debian currently offers
long-living releases but completely fails to offer frequent releases.

> MfG,
> Eduard.


[1] http://www.suse.de/en/business/services/support/maintenance/runtime.html


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