[Mageia-dev] How will be the realese cycle?

Tux99 tux99-mga at uridium.org
Tue Oct 5 15:28:31 CEST 2010

Personally I think the way Mandriva maintains both updates and backports
for each release is a waste of resources.

I do agree that Mageia should be a semi-rolling distro.

By "semi rolling distro" I mean the following:

Release a distro every 8-12 months (the exact cyle is not the point I'm
debating here, it could be 6 months too, it doesn't mater for the concept
I'm trying to explain).

Provide updates/security patches for all the basic stuff that has a lot of
dependencies (kernel, core libs, kde, gnome, xorg, etc.).

Provide newer release rather than backported security patches for all other

In other words, backports (rather than backported security fixes) should be
the rule for everything apart from the core system stuff that has loads of

This would reduce the space requirements on the mirrors and it would mean
that Mageia is a "rolling distro" for most apps, making it more attractive
compared to ubuntu/Fedora/opensuse and at the same time reduce the workload
for packagers.

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