One of the reasons that led me to write this article has been a post appeared on the Greg Kroah-Hartman Google+ page, in which he says he has adopted type distributions rolling release on almost every computer in your home. Although the name of this man probably does not sound like many, we can say that he is one of the most important and influential people in the development of Linux.
Many of you may be wondering what exactly a distribution is rolling release. Basically, it is a distribution that follows a continuous development model, and that does not have a version number or from which new installation images are released from time to time. This continuous launch model It can be done in two ways: releasing packages and small changes adapted to the development rhythm set for the distro, and replacing a previous image of the system with a newer one as changes are added to it.
The rest of distributions that do not comply with this form are usually called fixed release, and comprise a good number of distros They are used regularly. As for what distributions are in each group, in the model rolling release we can place Gentoo, Arch Linux, Manjaro, Sabayon and the Factory version of OpenSUSE. In the model fixed release We can place Ubuntu, Debian, the current versions of OpenSUSE, Fedora and many more.
It would be logical to think that the model rolling release being the favorite of the developers, who are usually those who want to try the latest versions of the programs. In addition, the model it has become immensely popular in recent years, but it's not about anything new: Gentoo is one of the distros more veteran in this subject – besides being one of the "parents" of Chrome OS – and has been applying this model for 15 years.