Shuttleworth wants to support Debian
In a long posting on the Debian mailing list, Ubuntu sponsor Mark Shuttleworth sets out his position in the dispute over bringing a fixed development cycle to Debian's GNU/Linux distribution. Shuttleworth points out that he has long advocated a model of synchronisation between the various releases of Linux distributions which are based on the same versions of the same core components. Shuttleworth believes that co-ordinated development between Ubuntu and Debian could become a trigger for wider synchronisation of development between all the major distributions and important projects such as the KDE and GNOME desktops.
The controversy in the Debian community about the proposals is less about the fixed development cycle and more about the fact that the release team proposed an early freeze date of December this year, apparently without any preliminary discussion within the Debian community. Shuttleworth addresses this by offering a compromise; if the Debian developers are willing to consider a December freeze, Ubuntu and Canonical will contribute resources to help Debian meet that goal. Shuttleworth says that although this would put a brake on Ubuntu development, he sees the possibility of a regular schedule attracting more distributions, such that there could be a "December freeze summit". There has been a mixed response to the Ubuntu sponsors proposals.