openSUSE Has A Problem, Is Seeking New Direction
Stephan Kulow, the release manager for openSUSE, has publicly acknowledged this morning that this community distribution to SUSE has found itself in a problem and they're now looking to the community to seek out a fundamentally new direction for this Linux distribution.
A message hit the opensuse-factory mailing list this morning, written by Kulow, and entitled "Calling for a new openSUSE development model." I was alerted in advance to the pending announcement yesterday in an embargoed email entitled "openSUSE to do some soul searching after delay of release."
What it's come down to is that the openSUSE 12.2 development releases have seen major delays due to broken packages and other problems. Every milestone has been delayed and now today they're delaying the first release candidate as well as the final release. Because of these delays and limited manpower, they're seeking out something different to do. Yesterday's private email also expressed, "[Kulow] believe believes the cause of the delays is a result of changes in the openSUSE community lately. We've grown and our current way of working doesn't scale anymore."
In yesterday's advance email, "This is a combination of a wakup-call and an opportunity to find new directions. We need to start working differently - and as we've got tools like OBS and initiatives like Tumbleweed, we are uniquely equipped among the major Linux distributions to do something new and different. Let's see where the discussions bring us."
Among the expressed ideas they started off with were abandoning release schedules for openSUSE, pulling back to releasing on an annual basis, and/or moving to a pure rolling-release model built around openSUSE Tumbleweed. Below are some of the ideas Stephan expressed in his public email this morning.
1. We need to have more people that do the integration work - this partly means fixing build failures and partly debugging and fixing bugs that have unknown origin. Those will get maintainer power of all of factory devel projects, so they can actually work on packages that current maintainers are unable to.A posting to be published in the next few hours on news.opensuse.org will lay out additional details and request for comments from the community about what future direction openSUSE should take.
What do you think openSUSE should do?
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