Debian adopts time-based release freezes
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?