Michael Loeffler just posted a proposal of the release schedule for openSUSE 11.2. After going through some of the discussion threads I came to a couple off conclusions:
1. I love to have the newest apps, desktops, features, but… at what price? It’s always a question off stability and maturity. One for example will go for ‘the hills’ with beta’s, RC’s and all unstable versions he can get just to have ‘newest’ and ‘greatest’ and ‘most feature-packed’… the other would be willing to wait a bit just to get those tested, documented and polished to the highest level.
I’ve been there with openSUSE 11.1 from beta4 and belive me, there were countless times I wanted to go back to 11.0 lacking the stability, support and so on.
Ask yourself why do we wait for the final release? Because it’s going to be STABLE, DOCUMENTED and OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED. And remeber that maturing with time isn’t only connected to distros as a whole, but to every single apps or feature itself.
Why do we have to go for ‘bleeding edge’ with day to day implementations of GNOME or KDE, when we can use the latest, stable and managed versions, witch have been there for a month, or two.
2. GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice releases should be linked as for release date… but what for? Why should the guys at KDE work according to Sun’s OO release schedule? What happens when we put the deadlines for the releases together and try to manage them? Chaos! Instead of polished versions You would get 'running blind to keep up with the date" beta’s.
Remember that distros are build based on apps and desktop environments (multiple distros use the same software). OpenOffice for example isn’t dedicated for any of them (if it was, wouldn’t it remind You of some Redmond company’s policy… I’d get a dejavu for sure;)). So we can’t expect from soft developers to keep up with a single distro’s (every single one) schedule… the only way for this to work is the other way around.
3. Don’t try to set up any release cycles… why put yourself within boundries, close within limits… why gave up the flexibility, the freedom… don’t worry about us (the users). Most of us are not kids, who need a new toy for every Holiday;) We can wait, because we know, that post-development, bug fixing and polishing has to cost time.
Distros, that stay for longer, receive larger doses of support (HOWTO’s, hints, tutorials, docs, specs), mature hence become more usable for a newbie. The bigger the support, the bigger the community… is it not;)
So guys…take Your time in developing SUSE for us…there is no rush…
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