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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RE[2]: Symptom of a Wider Problem
by segedunum on Thu 25th Nov 2010 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Symptom of a Wider Problem"
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Read what Ubuntu is proposing here and you'll realise that the status quo is not acceptable. They know there is a massive problem where applications are tied to a particular distribution version, meaning that you need to upgrade every six months if you want to get a new application version. That is just plain stupid.

The Windows system at least provides the means to install a wide variety of applications, and you can install Open Office on a nine year old system in XP that you can't do with any Linux distribution. What it lacks is a sane update and remote installation mechanism, but that's because software installation on Windows has existed for a very long time.

Scale this up for Ubuntu and they're going to have to maintain an extremely long list of backports, the quality of which will inevitably be compromised. Where applications are concerned that just shows you that it's the developers and users who should be responsible for maintaining and installing the software that they want to use.

Eventually they will end up realising this after another ten years maybe, but until they do they'll have to jump throuhg hoops such as just where they will draw the line as to what they will update in a distribution and what should be kept static.

Edited 2010-11-25 13:40 UTC

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