Stable Release Updates in Fedora
If you missed it there seems to be yet another debate going on about updates in Fedora. I don’t intend to rehash anything. Josh Boyer has a bit of an op-ed post which I think is a good read.
Think of the issue in a simple scenario: Should Fedora 12, which was released in Nov 2009 with KDE 4.3 receive the recent KDE 4.4 update? Or should KDE 4.4 be reserved for Fedora 13 which will be released in June 2010? And who benefits or loses in each of those options? (In case you don’t know, KDE 4.4 was available as stable update at the end of February).
My personal opinion is that it really does not matter FOR ME. I do not mind 4-6 month wait for software. (BUT Some people are impatient) And on the flip-side if I get a massive problematic update, I am experienced enough to work through it. (BUT Some people are total newbies)
I read the Stable Release Updates Vision, and the only thing I can express is surprise. I don’t know if Fedora as it exists will accommodate this or if it can work out as envisioned. I would think this puts more responsibility on the contributors (who are mostly volunteers).
I would love to see more stability in Fedora, but I don’t know what the fair cost should be.
Please read the Updates Vision and if you partake in this debate please be considerate of the many different types of users and contributors involved in Fedora.