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 12:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Symptom of a Wider Problem"
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Well actually OpenOffice 3 runs on Win2k SP2 or greater. But yes just about everything runs on XP SP2 and SP2 came out in 2004.

2000 was unitl recently still being maintained and updated. XP still is, and it's still used a lot. 9 year old Linux distributions aren't in most cases. That's the difference. But technically you could probably make OO 3 run on an old Linux system but there is no point doing so.

You can have a single installation and updating service without having a bunch OS/application interdependencies. See the iphone as an example.

You could have that in Linux too. Compile static binaries or bundle required libraries. Or use something like java. The .tar.gz distributet by mozilla runs on pretty much any Linux system with no need to install dependencies.

so it is the fault of developers now. Is it the fault of developers when a distro breaks a program with a system update? Leaving it distro package managers is how (open source) developers deal with the mess. Some don't have the time and others simply don't want to waste it testing and packaging.

Did I say that? Where?

Anyway, if you're targeting a stable release series chances are slim that an update will break the application.

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