reflecting on first UDS session on "rolling releases"

Allison Randal allison at
Wed Mar 6 01:06:35 UTC 2013

On 03/05/2013 04:41 PM, Michael Hall wrote:
> I think different segments of the community have different ideas of what
> "stable" means:
> Distro devs & power users: "stable" == "things don't break"
> App devs, OEMS, NTEU: "stable" == "things don't change"
> I think what we're going for in a rolling release is a release where
> things change, but don't break.  While an LTS release is one where
> things neither change nor break.

It wasn't stated as "you might prefer the LTS, many OEMs do". It was
stated as "you shouldn't deliver the rolling release to customers". And,
really, that does seem to fit the discussion threads. It doesn't sound
like it's possible to deliver a user experience in the rolling scenario
that would be high-enough quality for System76 to ship directly to
customers (and many of theirs are power users). Even people who are
totally on board with "rolling releases" are still calling it the
"development release".


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