Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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RE: Glad to hear it!
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 21st May 2009 07:31 UTC in reply to "Glad to hear it!"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

8.04 is still supported so I don't see why people thing it's old and outdated.

I wouldn't argue that Ubuntu 8.04 itself, the distribution, is "outdated"; after all it is, as you said, still supported. However, by now several pieces of software included in its repositories are likely outdated.

For example... Stellarium, a planetarium program, was somewhere around 0.9.1 in Ubuntu 8.10, while the latest official "supported" version of the program was 0.10.2. This latest version could be downloaded in binary format for Windows and Mac OS X, while Linux (and other) OS users were forced to download and attempt to compile sources if their distribution didn't have it.

After giving up compilation of this program, I ended up having to wait until Ubuntu 9.04 (the current latest version) to be able to use this latest version of the program. This was extremely annoying to me, as the new version had some nice new features, was the recommended version *and* the Windows installer makes it braindead easy to install on Windows.

Sure... you may argue that this is an obscure program. Okay, so maybe it is. But it's a good enough example, and it's certainly not the only program suffering this problem. I noticed Seamonkey lags behind also, since apparently they're too focused on Firefox. Even Dillo has released a new 2.0 version (rewrite), and the last time I checked Ubuntu *still* has the old version. A Web browser is certainly something *everyone* should keep up to date, and in fact Seamonkey will bug you that it's outdated unless you change the startup page, and yet Ubuntu still fails to keep it up to date.

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