What’s wrong with long Debian release cycles?

Debian, the spring from which over a hundred Linux distributions flow, is well known for its slow release cycle. Hoping to speed it up, there’s a project called Dunc-tank which hopes to pay developers to work on Debian full time. This has however created friction within Debian, with calls for the removal of its leader. So I ask: why are long release cycles a bad thing? Why try to compete with Ubuntu, etc. rather than outsourcing to those distros the laborious task of creating frequent releases? Wouldn’t it be better to concentrate on a different goal, such as making sure the developers are enjoying working on Debian and not resentful of its offspring?  Its not like Mark doesn’t love you ;)

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