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Re: Debian desktop -situation, proposals for discussion and change. Users point of view.

On Wednesday 16 May 2007, Mgr. Peter Tuharsky wrote:
> Thus, I assume that not only novice consumers have the need for
> improving desktop software and bugs seen fixed.
> However, Debian dosen't officially support and embrace any way to do
> this. Watching for new version, You're on Your own.

> Yes, if software works well, then changes are not wellcome. That's why I
> suggest the desktop softwares upgrades to be "non-mandatory", however
> officially supported.

Each stable version has the explicit aim of being a platform with as little 
changes as possible. 
As you pointed out this sucks when the software you need is not mature 
enough to meet your needs yet. On the other hand for those users for whom 
that same software does meet the need this is a boon.

As long as progress is made upstream in meeting your needs this problem 
inevitably fixes itself with time. With each stable version meeting the 
needs of a bigger group of users. 

Depending on what software in stable doesn't meet your needs your best 
option may be one of:
1) use stable with backports/manually compiled software/selected packages
  from testing
2) use testing (or a snapshot of it)
3) use another distro (e.g. ubuntu/kubuntu/xubuntu, ...)

As a project we should aim to make 1 en 2 as easy and problem free as 
possible, and there's definately room for improvent there. But this is a 
hard problem lots of people are trying/have tried to improve. (witness 
things such as volatile, backports, CUT-releases, updated d-i 
releases, ...)
Cheers, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)

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