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Re: Dreamhost dumps Debian

Le Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12:25PM +0200, Vincent Bernat a écrit :
> Just to say that Debian usually has a 3 year support.

Hi Vincent,

this actually misleading for systems that have a long lifetime, where the
turnover matters more, and in Debian it is 2 years.  In some workplaces It
means that every second year, some people would have to discuss and reach an
agreement on whether it is doable to upgrade a service, how much it will cost,
or should it be discontinued or not, etc.  There, the 5-year or longer turnover
in Ubuntu or CentOS is a winning point.

A long term support for core packages would definitely help me to advocate
Debian in my workplace (and therefore use it on our servers instead of CentOS).
Also, I do not think that it is relaxing our standards, since it is an
additional service: there is no reduction in the current support.

For the potential confusion, it is also a matter of documentation and
communication.  Since experience shows that people are mislead by the LTS
brand, my conclusion is that we would need to find a better name, and a better
mechanism than an implicit choice in the sources.list file.

However, one difficulty that was not mentionned in this thread is that if we
aim at both long term support and frequent releases, then we need to support
users skipping releases or upgrading multiple releases in a row.

Altogether, it is a lot of work, but if we have enough people for doing it, I
think that it would be very positive for us.


Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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