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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Fully agreed.

I've never really understood the potential gains from the "versionism" that seem to plague these mainstream desktop Linux distributions. Is there really some value-added by including a version 1.2.3 instead of 1.2.2? But then again, I am not a marketing person.

The instability, constant updates, six month release cycles, the whole "patch of today" -thinking, etc. do more harm than good for all UNIX-derivatives.

Ironically, this increasingly means that one has to rely on commercial support to ensure at least some kind of guarantee for stability. Few notable exceptions like Debian exists, but the overall trend can be seen. A malevolent mind would add that perhaps this is indeed what the new global multinational Linux overloads want?

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