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

andré andr55 at laposte.net
Thu Oct 7 02:24:31 CEST 2010

Ahmad Samir a écrit :
> On 2 October 2010 14:50, Jérôme Martin<mageia at delaur.net>  wrote:
>> Le vendredi 1 octobre 2010, Olivier Méjean a écrit :
>>> Le vendredi 1 octobre 2010 08:51:34, atilla ontas a écrit :
>>>> What's your opinion?
>>> What about a rolling distribution ? As an user (just plain user) i do not
>>> think that installing a distribution is a goal, just a mean to use my
>>> computer, so i wish i could not spend time installing a distribution every
>>>   6 months or every year.
Just because there is a new version of the distro every 6 months doesn't 
mean you have to install it.  It just means that there is a truely 
stable version every 6 months.  Some users will want to upgrade every 6 
months, and some every 2 years (or whatever the maximum support 
period).  Many may prefer to wait 3 months after release to ensure that 
the minor bugs remaining are found.
In the meantime, just use the upgrade functions -- Mandriva, which we 
will presumably follow initially allows upgrading for any/all of 
security-correctives, other-bug-correctives, general-upgrades, and 

The advantage of a new version of Mageia every 6 months is that it is a 
collection of software that works well (except for inevitable minor 
bugs) with versions that work together.  Some users, like myself, prefer 
to upgrade every 6 months.
Also, new users would prefer to start with a relatively recent stable 
Creating a stable version every 6 months is a lot easier than a rolling 
distro, or much shorter periods.
Note that individual applications not infrequently encounter major bugs 
in a presumably stable version.  For a distro, creating frequent stable 
versions would be much more problematic.
The down side of stable versions every 6 months is somewhat less recent 
software, but those who want more recent can always download a backport.
>> My opinion is nearly the same: what is the need to provide a new version each
>> 6 months? The marketing point of view is not a valid answer since we do not
>> need to satsify shareholders or follow the market.
> Yes, but you have a distro to maintain, a reputation to uphold...
Very important
>> So when a new version is needed? My point of view is that a new version is
>> needed when a big change will occur for exemple a new major release of KDE or
>> gnome, Xorg, perl, python, jdk, ...
This would not be workable.  Even though many applications do produce 
major releases about every 6 months, they rarely coincide.  As well as 
often being delayed due to unexpected bugs.  Do we really want a new 
release every few months ?
It is much more useful for a major distribution (as hopefully Mageia 
becomes) to have releases at more or less predictable intervals.
>> We need to change our view. Actually, the date of the release is decide and
>> the deciders (maketting, CEO, CTO, ?) choose which softwares will be include.
>> I propose to look at release date of the main softwares and decide when a new
>> version will be proposed.
> Hmm, no, IINM, that would be the release engineers job.
>> For smaller software, we do not need to wait for a new version of the distro.
>> Just provide it as we do with the backport repository.
> New version =>  new features + new bugs; anyone who ran cooker for a
> good amount of time have witnessed this fact....
>> And no, rolling distro does mean use cauldron, since the system is not
>> supposed to work properly and where critical breakage can appear.
> Ah, yes, so you want a rolling release, just like Cauldron will be,
> but that's not broken; now how should one go about guaranteeing that
> this will actually work out OK?
> A rolling distro means double work for the devs and packagers as a new
> version may just introduce new bugs too, now they don't provide the
> new versions in a controlled development release where you're warned
> that "this is a development release not suitable for day-to-day
> production machines", or in a "unsupported backports" repo, no, it'll
> just go to the stable release too.....
I would say a lot more than double the work.  And more than double the 
> Now don't only think about a Mageia installation on a personal
> computer, where even if the system is totally hosed you can easily do
> a new install or restore a backup (then update to latest), but you
> also have to bear in mind users who have servers doing all sorts of
> jobs, they want stability over new-shiny-versions; the same goes for
> school/university labs... etc.
And even for personal use, not many would appreciate having to do an 
unanticipated reinstall or restore from backup.  Particularly those who 
want to avoid upgrading their distro every 6 months. ;)

Rolling distro, anyone ?

- André (andre999)

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