Why 7.0 is so late ?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Oct 18 12:07:23 PDT 2007

On Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:09:02PM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:

> 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
> met.

Yup.  I think that is the way all of us feel.
Just a little more of a clue for the rest of us on how things are
coming would be helpful.


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