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[5]: Symptom of a Wider Problem
by NxStY on Fri 26th Nov 2010 12:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Symptom of a Wider Problem"
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"If you want chrome on ubuntu for example you can get the deb from google, double click on it and it will install and automatically hook up with apt so that you get automatic updates (unlike in windows where a lot of apps have their own update application)

1. Developers have to provide backports for every single release. When they can't be bothered you're out of luck.

2. It's Ubuntu specific.

3. There's a reason why the update menu item in Firefox was disabled on Linux when it wasn't on Windows and Mac OS. It just looks stupid.

1. Developers have to provide "backports" for windows XP, 2003, vista and the various editions of them too. It the same thing for Linux, just choose the oldest release you want to support and make packages for it, then fix any problems when installing them on newer releases. If you require any newer libraries on Linux they can be bundled.

2. Ubuntu was just an example, fedora and OpenSuse works in a similar maner. Covering them is probably enough.

3. As I said, they should hook it up with the built in package management, there is no need to provide an included update application when the OS already provide the required functionality. The technology is there, if they choose to use it.

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