A Quantitative Assessment of Package Freshness in Linux Distributions
Linux users expect fresh packages in the official repositories of their distributions. Yet, due to philosophical divergences, the packages available in various distributions do not all have the same degree of freshness. Users therefore need to be informed as to those differences. Through quantitative empirical analyses, we assess and compare the freshness of 890 common packages in six mainstream Linux distributions. We find that at least one out of ten packages is outdated, but the proportion of outdated packages varies greatly between these distributions. Using the metrics of update delay and time lag, we find that the majority of packages are using versions less than 3 months behind the upstream in 5 of those 6 distributions. We contrast the user perception of package freshness with our analyses and order the considered distributions in terms of package freshness to help Linux users in choosing a distribution that most fits their needs and expectations.
Sat 29 MayDisplayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change
14:40 - 15:55
First SessionSoHeal 2021 at SoHeal Room
Chair(s): Ahmed Zerouali Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Presentations will be pre-recorded (15mn).
Pitches and Q&A will be organized at the end of the session, in sequence for each presentation
|Choice Matters: Contrasting Package Manager User Experience|
Raula Gaikovina Kula NAIST, Syful Islam Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Bodin Chinthanet Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Christoph Treude University of Adelaide, Takashi Ishio Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Kenichi Matsumoto Nara Institute of Science and TechnologyMedia Attached
|A Quantitative Assessment of Package Freshness in Linux Distributions|
SoHeal 2021Pre-print Media Attached
|Does the duration of rapid release cycles affect the bug handling activity?|
Thorn Jansen Eindhoven University of Technology, Zeinab Abou Khalil University of Mons and University of Lille, Eleni Constantinou Eindhoven University of Technology, Tom Mens University of MonsPre-print Media Attached
|Pitches and Discussion|