Richard Freeman on 29 Jun 2009 19:13:08 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Source-Based Distribution Recommendation

Claude M. Schrader wrote:
> It seems like there is not much coordination between teams.

I'll definitely agree with this - there is coordination to some extent, 
but not like you'd find in release-based distros.

With something like ubuntu they have a release twice a year.  In-between 
releases nothing really important changes - sure you'll get minor 
updates but it isn't like they're going to change the init system or 
glibc or go from KDE 3.5->4.

Because they batch up their big changes into release there is a lot more 
coordination and QA.  On the other hand, there tends to be less choice - 
you can't easily choose to run a bleeding-edge glibc with SELinux and 
only KDE 3.5.  With gentoo it is easier to mix-and-match since there 
isn't as much coordination and as a result just about everything has to 
work with just about everything else (to an extent).

Still, it would be really nice if there were more clear announcements 
before big changes - like glibc upgrades or baselayout changes.  Maybe a 
warning before these packages are merged as well.  Once you've used 
gentoo for a while you get a feel for what you can safely upgrade and 
what you need to pay attention to.  It is a real bummer doing a 
baselayout change, forgetting to run dispatch-conf/etc-update and then 
rebooting and finding that the system won't boot.
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