rawhide stability

Mike A. Harris mharris at mharris.ca
Tue Jan 17 18:43:25 UTC 2006

Erwin Rol wrote:
> Shouldn't rawhide become more stable over time ? I mean it is falling
> apart at the moment.

There are no solid 100% expectations from rawhide.  It can break at any
time, and potentially in very serious and unexpected ways.  As time goes
on and a release nears, generally speaking, rawhide does become more and
more stable as a whole, but individual components very well can still
break at any given time.  A single one character typo in the kernel, X,
GNOME, a shell script, etc. can totally trash a system or otherwise make
it unuseable.  Fortunately such occurances are not a daily event, but
they do happen.

> - SELinux doesn't work cause it doesn't allow programs to use sendto
> (hence RPC/NFS is gone)
> - audio mixer is death
> - evolution crashes and has missing icons
> - gnomepanel crashes randomly
> - teminal font doesn't work for ncursus
> And i am sure there are other new problems, that got in after Test2, it
> seems after every test release there is added a bunch of unstable
> software, no wonder it is never going to be ready on time :-/
> Before somebody points out that rawhide is a "play ground", I know, but
> at the moment I am just a bit frustrated with it because for me less and
> less things work with rawhide :-/


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