Voice of the Masses: Are rolling releases the future of distros?

We were at SUSECon 2015 earlier in the month, where the company announced the release of OpenSUSE Leap 42.1. (We’ll have more on the event and a review of the distro in Linux Voice issue 23!) Richard Brown, Chair of the OpenSUSE board, made an interesting statement at the show: rolling releases are the future of distros. And not just hobbyist desktop distros, but enterprise ones as well (somewhere far down the line).

So for our next podcast, we want to hear from you: do you agree with this prediction? In the next few years, will regular, scheduled distro releases go out of the door, and we’ll all be running rolling distros like Arch and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed? Can such distros be made sufficiently reliable that constant updates won’t break anything? Or will big businesses never take the risk, and still require “traditional” releases which barely change for years?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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