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Re: Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes

On Thu, 30 Jul 2009, Modestas Vainius wrote:
> So let's just freeze late in the early/middle spring of 2010 this time and aim 
> for Dec 2011 freeze next time. If you disagree with that, please enlighten me 
> why Debian needs to rush _this time_. If synchronization is so badly wanted 
> for the next Debian release, why not to synchronize with Ubuntu 10.10 (as an 
> experiment)?

Luk explained in the RM keynote that they do not want the freeze to
conflict with debconf so that developers are free to work on new stuff aimed at
unstable in this (usually productive) week.

That said, I do not think that this concern alone is enough for us to rush
a squeeze release and I agree that it would also be reasonable to just
target a freeze somewhere in the middle of next year and leave an
opportunity to cooperate with Ubuntu for their 10.10 release.

It would mean that their next LTS release that would be in sync with
Debian 7.0 will be 12.04 which is less than their 2/2.5 years release
cycle for LTS. They can probably cope with that though.

> By the way, why isn't it obvious that Debian developers _want_ to be informed 
> about important decisions in advance, not from the press *after* the fact or 
> any other source outside the project?

It really depends on the decision, for example the decision to join
opensource for america was taken without prior discussion and it's
ok for me. But something that has such a direct impact on the work of DD
ought to be discussed a bit and at least announced to DD at the same time
that it's announced to the users/press...  but with content that is
adjusted for them so that we do not have to read between the lines (I knew
the context because I was at the keynote where this has been presented but
not everybody was there).

Raphaël Hertzog

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