On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 04:56:50PM -0700, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
I really hate to say this, but you may have answered your un-stated
question with your first sentence. There are only going to be so many
volunteers in the world, and the ones looking for stable have found
themselves Debian a better substitute. And even then Debian is not a 7
year stable environment. They are a 2-3 year stable environment... and
getting security fixes for non-core packages have been a real pain
last I heard from the Debian security people.
Debian stable is not a substitute like centos is a substitute for
fedora legacy for possible contributors.
Somebody maintaining an EPEL package may collaborate with debian people
and get their patches. That's what I do for the cernlib, for example
(and I take their patches for libnet). From what I can see on the
debian page, woody was maintained for 4 years. There are still 3 years