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Bug#468765: Is oldstable security support duration something to be proud of?

Joerg Jaspert <joerg@debian.org> writes:

> Yes, it is, and people visiting the Debian booth at Cebit confirmed that
> multiple times. (Not with such direct words, but they did talk about the
> long support for a stable release with security and stuff together with
> the mostly easy upgrades we have...). We are one of the Distribution
> having a long running and good support, if one does objective
> comparisons, which aren't based on one single number (years) only but
> take other things, like package numbers, architectures and also status
> of the security team (unpaid vs paid members in the distributions) into
> account.

It's also worth mentioning that the Debian security support is of higher
quality than RHEL's security support, speaking as someone who has to run
RHEL for some things.  Debian security updates are better at not breaking
things, usually as good or better on speed, and much saner about what goes
into security updates and stable release updates than Red Hat is, IMO.

The Debian security team really does a spectacular job at something so
incredibly critical.  Uploading security fixes for my packages terrifies
me because of how easy it would be to break thousands of Debian systems.
I have tremendous respect for how well the security team does with that.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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