Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 17:58 UTC, submitted by visitor
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After announcing the move to Unity, and the eventual move to Wayland further down the line (someday one day perhaps eventually maybe once when unicorns roam the earth), Ubuntu is announcing yet another major change, this time in its release policy. While they're not moving to a rolling release as some websites are claiming, they will update components and applications more often.
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Ubuntu? Rolling release?
by DeadFishMan on Thu 25th Nov 2010 11:49 UTC
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As a wholeheartedly user and lover of Debian Sid, I see this latest move from Ubuntu as something mostly positive, except that I don't really see the point as far as their current user base is concerned.

I mean, you see these people bitching and moaning everywhere on the Internet that Ubuntu is slightly behind one or two versions for some popular software and that it is a bitch to reload everything every six months at the same time that they sing praises to the fact that each iteration is more or less a no moving target and therefore they don't have to update it as often as, say, Sid or Arch users.

I've recently set up Linux Mint (the regular Ubuntu-based one, not the Debian-ish flavor) on my brother's machine - which was somewhat wary initially but fell in love with it once I installed MediaTomb for his PS3 and a few other goodies - and after having tried it for a while, the one thing that stood out from him was a remark as to why I put up with so many updates on my machine whereas his only gets them every now and then.

I did point out the advantages of having patches and new features available on a nearly daily basis but it was clear that I was saying gibberish to his ears. These people simply don't see the point in updating their systems - hence the large number of users that disable the automatic updates on Windows despite every warning to not to do it - and strangely appear to be averse to the idea.

Furthermore, it is clear at least to me that at this point in time the QA work done by Canonical is nowhere near the minimum acceptable for such a thing to work properly and they tend to patch things unnecessarily. A LOT! To such an extent that its distro usually does not survive an upgrade - and it is not even recommended - despite its Debian roots. Even a distro like Debian, which has an overwhelming amount of developers, will let a few annoying things slip through the cracks every now and then so I have a heck of a hard time seeing how Canonical expects to pull this off.

Experienced users that want a rolling release lifestyle would probably look elsewhere anyways.

I am seriously looking forward to see how this will work out.

Edited 2010-11-25 11:55 UTC

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