Why 7.0 is so late ?

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Thu Oct 18 11:08:32 PDT 2007

On Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 10:26:28PM +0300, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> Traditionally, "BSD" has released stuff "when it was ready" and not when
> some marketting team decided that they wanted to release.  The FreeBSD
> team has made genuine efforts towards changing this to a more timely
> release schedule (18 months for a new "major" release), but there have
> been some important bits of kernel and userland which were a bit
> unstable and/or were in development until now.

I'd much rather that a RELEASE version is as stable as it can reasonably
be made than that it arrives "on time".  Seriously.  As far as I'm
concerned, take as long as you must to make it as stable as you can.
Sooner is better, all else being equal, but if stability is sacrificed in
any way then all else isn't equal.

New versions should fix things and provide updated functionality, not
just meet a schedule.  It's not like some kind of sales quota needs to be

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