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Linux distributions need fresher drivers

Sep 15, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"Some Linux users want to have a stable system without constant updates, while others always want to have the latest versions so they can get drivers for new hardware. A multistage approach with two "current" distributions might be a solution.

"In software development, it has become common practice to improve program code, stabilise it in alpha and beta versions, and then release it. The whole process then begins again, while the released version receives small low-risk fixes as patches. Most Linux distributions pursue this strategy to coordinate the software contained within them and test the mixture. A lot of distributors are very careful in maintaining their distributions to keep the complex structure from collapsing when a new distribution is released; instead of providing updates to more recent program versions, between distribution versions they merely send out the changes that patch security holes and correct other major flaws.

"While users benefit from a stable working environment that hardly changes, they are also cut off completely from improvements "upstream" – in other words, from the ongoing software programming the distributions are made of."

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