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Re: How long 'till Sarge->Stable?

On 12:36, Mon 28 Feb 05, Dave Sherohman wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 08:39:34AM -0600, Henry Hollenberg wrote:
> > Nobody answered the question?  Could that be part of the problem?
> I suspect that nobody answered because, like all software projects,
> nobody truly knows when it will be ready until it is ready.
> > I wonder if the debian folk have made the system to easy to apt-upgrade
> > so many feel no need to upgrade/install to a new real release.
> One of the greatest things about Debian, IMO, is that you _never_
> have to reinstall.  I have boxes that started off as slink and have
> been brought through potato, into woody, and mixed with a bit of
> sarge all through apt-get without having to reinstall at any point.
> > I would love to see a mandate for bi-annual (or at least annual) releases
> > no matter what.  If the installer isn't ready use the old one.  If an
> > architecture isn't ready they'll just have to shoot for the next release 
> > date.
> > A deadline is a time tested motivator.
> A deadline is also a well-proven means of getting unstable, buggy
> software.  That may be good enough for the rest of the world, but
> it's not good enough for Debian.
> > Would money help achieve this goal?   Payed/professional release developers?
> How much are you offering?  Fund a full-time position or three and
> I'm sure you'd have plenty of developers willing to help get whatever
> code you want ready.  The Debian Project, however, will still release
> when the code is ready and won't leave anyone behind.

A good way to determine how far Sarge is to look at the bug
reports. As far as going for a deadline, has it helped other
Distro's every distro who has an agressive deadline releases
buggy code.  You always get well, that distro should of
waited until x package is available, or why wasn't it
released earlier. 

Just by the sure number of posts in this
thread is a testament to that. Like others have stated, how
many Disto's support all the different plateforms that
Debian does?  That alone deserves consideration, it might be
true that at some point in time someone needs to decide what
plateforms need to be dropped, who ever has that job is
going to need earmuffs and a thick skin.

The only problem I see with paid developers, is someone will
have an agenda, want his software included at all costs.
This can be seen somewhat in other distro's, and can be seen
a little bit in the Xfree86 saga. Then you have the moral
problem that might be an issue.


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