Yet another failed KDE release?

dE . de.techno at
Sat Mar 23 08:38:08 GMT 2013

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM, Kevin Krammer <krammer at> wrote:

> On Thursday, 2013-03-21, dE . wrote:
> > I'd the same issue with Debian testing; also distros wont upgrade to the
> > latest 'stable' KDE; they usually wait for the last bug fix release, or
> Make sense, doesn't it?
> The x.y.0 version is always the start of a stabilization cycle, just like
> for
> the distributions themselves.
> It is like a slider from newest to stablest, depending on ones needs one
> needs
> to chose the right point in time.
> E.g. on my Kubuntu workstation I upgrade a couple of days before a new
> release
> comes up, thus getting the most stable version availale.
> On my Debian laptop I run Debian/Unstable, so I can't do that on
> distribution
> versions, but I can still wait for certain projects x.y.1 or x.y.2 before
> upgrading the respective packages.
> Servers with Debian/Stable are also not upgraded on release, admins test on
> separate machines until a minor release appears which meets their criteria.
> As far as I know that is even true for admins of Windows servers, i.e. they
> always wait for at least the first service pack before they consider
> deployment.
> I guess one could say that there are two cascades cycles:
> - development cycle: x.y -> x.y+1 -> ...
> - refinement/deployment cycle: x.y.z -> x.y.z+1
> The development cycle goes from basic features to advanced features, the
> deployment cycle from unstable to stable.
> Or like a matrix with basic/unstable in one corner, advanced/unstable in
> one
> direction, basic/stable in the other and advanced/stable in the opposite
> corner.
> Obviously both dimensions expanding over time :)
> Cheers,
> Kevin

Cause of this behaviour of distros, KDE gets less chance to get tested. The
only solution is to elongate the release cycles, that way, each version of
the DE gets tested slowly by every advanced users; so they face and report
bugs before the very end user face them.

And look -- Xfce and cdrtools do that. And a no. of bugs and regressions
have been ironed in the alpha release itself.
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