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Re: Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes

Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> There's some (many) of us who feel that the great Debian culture is
> irreplaceable, and therefore won't use Ubuntu as their primary OS. So
> why worry about losing relevance.

Because if you lose relevance, you lose users (might them be individuals on 
the desktop or corporate entities on the server). When you lose users you 
lose contributors and you finally lose developers. In the end, the momentum 
(sic) slows down and you die.

It *might* be that losing relevance on the desktop side is of little 
importance (which I believe it is _not_), but if corporate entities turn to 
use Ubuntu LTS because <insert a bunch of valuable reasons> instead of 
Debian stable, I fail to see how developers from these corporate entities 
will contribute to Debian and not to Ubuntu.

A distribution without users is just worth nothing, no matter how 
irreplaceable its culture might be.

In the end, synchronising Debian stable and Ubuntu LTS freezes will only 
make Debian stable appear as weaker (no commercial support, older software, 
not-so-greater stability, no longer support, less fancy) than Ubuntu LTS. 
Why would _anybody_ reasonable (and outside of the cultural thing) choose 
Debian stable over Ubuntu LTS ?



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