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[nathan@dnase.hpw.pri.bms.com (Nathan O. Siemers)] Humble Request Re: New release over due

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I appreciate the fine quality of the debian distribution and the work
that goes into it.  Thanks very much!  It is my preferred linux
distribution.  However, I have three systems that are at slink level,
and have been waiting for a long time for a 2.2.* kernel, gnome
(available outside official debian), etc.  Some earlier discussions
about the true instability of the potato release have prevented me
from starting the upgrade path yet.  Perhaps I am getting old and

Hmm. How about this for a practical suggestion:

After Potato, *please* limit the scope of the feature changes that
will take place before a new release.  A 3-4 month cycle seems more
appropriate to this kind of development. Make your goals more modest!
Debian is already the best linux distro I have seen, with the only
drawback that is is *many* months behind the newest features (if you
stick with a "stable" version - if anyone on the newsgroup whines that
they have hosed their system via an "unstable" upgrade attempt, they
are admonished "what do you expect?" ).

Thanks for your work and your listening time.


Matthew Dalton <matthewd@research.canon.com.au> writes:

> George Bonser wrote:
> > 
> > On Sun, 14 Nov 1999, Tim Webster wrote:
> > 
> > > I have continued to use debian despite the fact that it has grown extremely out date.
> > > However failing to release a mini potato at this time, has forced me to drop
> > > debian.
> > 
> > Huh? I have not used stable Debian in a production system in a long time.
> > The closest I have are some slink installs with some of the newer apps and
> > libs needed to do what it does. On these systems I did not completely
> > upgrade to potato ... just upgraded what needed to be upgraded to get the
> > verison of tools I needed.

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