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equinoctial releases

On Wed, Sep 01, 2004 at 02:00:02PM -0500, Graham Wilson
> On Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 11:31:30AM +1000, Andrew Pollock
> wrote:
> > Or we could just release a tad more often...
> > 
> > I don't know why we can't set a release goal of once a
> > year, or hell, in 18 months from Sarge releasing. Shoot
> > for a freeze or semi-freeze in 12 months or something. 
> Can the majority of the project agree with a freeze in
> twelve months after sarge is released? Can the release
> managers agree to this? And if so, do they think it is
> feasible?

I'm just an ordinary, long-time sid user, not a developer.
So my opinion counts for squat.  Also, I'm sure that this
has already been hashed out many times over in lengthy flame

Nevertheless, it seems to me that debian should release
twice a year.

Such a quick release cycle would really take a lot of the
pressure off, because if something misses the current
release, it makes the next one in only six months.  No big
deal.  Three months for active hacking; three months for
freezing and releasing.  Over and over, like a clock.  (If
the KDE folks can plan and execute releases....)

The only problem is to identify the two times for release
each year.  The two obvious pairs are the solstices and the
equinoxes.  The solstices seem right out; who wants to do a
release around Christmas and the New Year?  So the right
(in) solution must be to use the equinoxes.

Anyway, an equinoctial[1] release schedule would make debian
even cooler than it already is (except for the occasional
user who actually *likes* that the base system remains fixed
for years at time, and I know that there really are some
such users :^).

:r !dict equinox

>From WordNet (r) 2.0 (August 2003) [wn]:

      n 1: either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the
           plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of
           equal length
      2: (astronomy) either of the two celestial points at which the
         celestial equator intersects the ecliptic [syn:
         {equinoctial point}]

Hence my use of "equinoctial".

Thomas E. Vaughan   (303) 939-6386   Ball Aerospace, Boulder

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