An open-source truism is: “Nothing is released until it’s ready.” Well, sometimes that’s true and sometimes you have situations like the one with Debian Linux’s next release: Debian 5 “Lenny.”
First, the good news: Debian 5 really is close to arriving. On January 31st, the Debian developers announced that Lenny’s second release candidate was now out. Debian programmers tell me that really should be the last one and that the final version should be out by Valentine’s Day.
So, what took them so long? Lots of things, but, as usual with Debian, mostly arguments.