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Re: New stable version after Sarge

Martin Schulze schreef:
Paul van der Vlis wrote:


One of the biggest disadvantages of Debian for me is the long time it takes for a new stable version.

What about saying something like: the next stable release comes in the beginning of 2006?

The release date for a Debian release is not set by a calendar but by

OK, I understand that. And it's good.

At least that's been the case including sarge.  Hence, such
a sentence would not mean anything.

I can understand something like "Debian releases when it's ready", but many people have to work together. Maybe it's better to say: "a package releases when it's ready, but the deadline for the next Debian release is a fixed date".

What if the installer is broken at that time?

Normally a broken installer does not come into testing (ehm, I don't know for sure the installer is a normal package).

For me, installing was never a big problem. You can use an old installer and update. And a special installation (e.g. on soft-raid) you can install first somewhere else and then copy it.

What if the buildd network is busted at that time?
What if n library transitions are in progress at that time?
What if our archive suite lacks an important improvement which
   is a requirement for being able to maintain the new stable

When there is a fixed deadline you can plan such things better to be ready for the new release.

Sure, you could still release, but would you really like to have
such a release?

I agree, quality is more important then the release date.

You will understand that my most important point is security-support.
Oh I forgot:

What if security support for a new release cannot be guaranteed at
   that time?

Same answer.

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis.

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