Linked by nej_simon on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:03 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu On his blog, Mark Shuttleworth has outlined a proposal to change how Canonical handles Ubuntu releases. In the proposal, future LTS releases will receive new kernels and software (something we've already seen in 12.04.2 which had a backported Xorg stack from Quantal) and interim releases will only be supported for 7 months instead of 18. Of course, the current situation where you often have to upgrade the whole OS just to get new software and drivers isn't great, so Canonical might be on to something here.
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Sounds like FreeBSD
by joekiser on Thu 14th Mar 2013 01:50 UTC
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I know I'm preaching to the choir, but this sounds like what FreeBSD does, with separation of the base system from ports. The system itself is stable between point releases (sometimes drivers are backported from rolling -CURRENT), but ports can be as bleeding edge as possible (allowing a few weeks for Linux-isms to be worked out). The result is the ability to use recent software without breaking the entire system in an upgrade.

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