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From: Buchan Milne (bgmilne_at_cae.co.za)
Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 11:08:03 CST
Daniel Woods wrote:
> Hi Vince,
> In general I agree with Mandrake's intentions, and the need to
> reduce your workload. I do have a few comments to make...
> - announcing an immediate halt to desktop updates for 7.2, 8.0
> does seem a bit blunt, a little more notice would be preferred.
Agreed, it would have been better to hear this a month ago ... but I
only have one 8.0 box left anyway ...
> - Having March 31st as a deadline for 8.1 / 8.2 is short-sighted
> on Mandrake's part, given that this is a year end for many
> companies and universities. That's asking too much from
> sys-admins to do upgrades or new installs during a crucial
> period that management wants *nothing* changed.
Nothing forces you to upgrade ... chances are you would be hesitant
doing updates over year-end anyway.
> - Sept 30/2003 is too soon for an 8.2 server, given the real
> world fact that not many like x.0 versions for production
> servers, and 9.1 is not out yet, nor will it be in time for
> proper testing before upgrading servers into production.
9.0 is production-quality for server use, provided you did the initial
updates, and read the errata before installing.
> - Sept 30/2003 is too soon for the 9.0 desktop users for many
> of the same reasons. This one bothers me since I it gives
> me the bad feeling that Mandrake "expects" all users to
> jump on the newer 9.1 version, and hopefully by buying
> another retail version. This is also short-sighted since
> many non-techies just want something that works well, and
> if they're happy with this version, why upgrade ?
I don't think this is what Mandrake expects, I think experience shows
there isn't much point, since many people do upgrade ...
> - removing desktop support for Joe User who probably does
> not follow the everyday events of MandrakeSoft, could open
> up their internet connected PC to any new Linux worms.
> How is Joe User going to feel about Mandrake Linux then ???
> Things like this could open up MandrakeSoft to potential
> lawsuits they can't afford !
No. Nothing contractually binds Mandrakesoft to providing updates
(AFAIK), and you agreed to the disclaimer when you installed.
> Bottom line, I agree that all 7.x versions should be retired,
> and 8.0, 8.1, but Mandrake must keep 8.2 around until there's
> a 9.2 version, and 9.0 should stay around until 10.0 is stable.
That would mostly be ok, but disregards the fact that PPC will probably
have a 9.1 but no 9.2 ...
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