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Embracing the “Meta Release Cycle”

One of the greatest problems hindering desktop Linux is its diversity. With 800+ distributions, dozens of user interfaces and lots of different applications that do the same things, it’s no secret that the Linux world is convoluted for developers and users. But if Mark Shuttleworth has his way, the free-software community might become a little saner.

In an interview with derstandard.at, Shuttleworth discussed ongoing efforts to coordinate Ubuntu releases more tightly with Debian’s development cycle, hoping that other distributions and upstream projects will follow suit. With the adoption of a “Meta Release Cycle,” he argued, the efforts of all free-software developers could be made more effective by allowing the latest versions of applications to travel downstream at the same speed.

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