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Ubuntu 10.10 beta � an insider�s view

Sep 03, 2010, 20:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Some of the features we are seeing in Maverick are, as usual, newer versions of applications. This release potentially has a larger jump in versions, as Lucid synchronised and merged from Debian Testing; but Maverick reverted to the usual practice of importing from Debian Unstable, which has higher version numbers. One of the surprises that came out of Debconf (the Debian conference) was the announcement of their feature freeze, which meant that Debian stabilisations commenced mid-cycle for Maverick in preparation for their next stable release.

"The superb timing, which I believe is less than accidental, is actually beneficial to both distributions. It allows Ubuntu to maintain an approach of largely getting the latest and greatest, whilst also maintaining quality of bug fixes only. The benefit to Debian is that it is easier for Ubuntu developers to pass patches back to Debian, as the chance of running the same version (with same bugs) in both projects is greater. I feel this is partly the realisation of Mark Shuttleworth's controversial suggestion of unification of development cycle 'cadences', although this could equally be good fortune."

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