We love Debian, but it's hardly the most spritely distro around when it comes to popping out regular releases. Historically, part of the problem has been determining when it's finished - and the old adage "it's ready when it's ready" doesn't really make much sense unless you have a very clear set of goals. Now the Debian team has announced that it's moving to two-year time-based release freezes. This doesn't mean that a release date will be announced well in advance, as with Fedora, Ubuntu and co, but that there will be a cut-off point for adding new features.
Essentially, from here onwards, the release team can say "We are freezing feature additions from the Foo-day of Bar-month", and then only bugfixes and cleanups will take place. There may still be a relatively long gap between the freeze and the final release, but at least there will be a definite cut-off point. It sounds good, so let's see how it works in practice - if you're a regular Debian user or developer, let us know what you think. Could the distro's famed stability suffer? Or was this change essential for the survival of the distro?
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