Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 18:21 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "For the longest time Canonical has slapped an LTS moniker on some of their Ubuntu releases. Currently, a new major release of the operating system happens every six months, and is supported for 18 months after release. Whereas in the past when LTS versions received two years support or more, the current model - starting with 12.04 - supports new LTS releases for five years. However, a recent public Google Hangouts session revealed that Canonical has been thinking about switching from the venerable LTS model to a rolling release, starting with version 14.04."
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RE[4]: Might as well
by Neolander on Thu 24th Jan 2013 05:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Might as well"
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I've always found Arch remarkably stable, provided one pays attention to what they're doing. I can't really think of the last time something unexpected has happened that I couldn't trace back to being my own fault.

That said, rolling doesn't necessarily equate to Arch's bleeding edge style. If Ubuntu's smart it'll take a much slower and more measured pace.

I stopped using Arch, and in fact gave up on rolling distros altogether, around the time where a pacman update that trashed the package management database (the first v3 release IIRC) was pushed to the stable repo. Before, I had been trying Gentoo, which self-destructed in a similar way after a few months though I don't remember exactly how.

At this time, I figured out that I know of no rolling release distribution which has a rigorous software testing procedure in place to prevent such things from happening. It seems to me that in most cases, new packages are just put in a testing repo for a while, then moved to stable if no serious bug report emerges. This can be sufficient in some cases, but obviously isn't enough for a primary machine that must keep working for an indefinitely long period of time.

If someone knows of rolling distros that offers stronger package testing guarantees, even if it's at the cost of a bit of package freshness, I would be interested to know about them.

Edited 2013-01-24 06:06 UTC

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