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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Ubuntu's support has always been problematic
by Auzy on Thu 14th Mar 2013 03:35 UTC
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The problem doesn't seem to be so much the kernel in this case, as Canonical. My experience has been that despite already being quite bleeding edge, Ubuntu's practical hardware support has been horrible, even when compared against distro's with older software.

When I tested Ubuntu on my AMD Fusion, graphics were scrambled (on Opensuse/fedora/everything else however, they were fine). On my Intel, the audio drops out, but with a workaround, and on every other distro, works fine. Whilst Ubuntu had hibernation issues on 2 systems I tried, hibernation worked fine on other distros. How is it that other distros, often with older kernels, don't have the same problems as ubuntu?

Part of the problem is the kernel, and software, however, Canonical's problem seems to be that they are burning all their resources on creating projects, which already have perfectly good alternatives (Bazaar vs Git, Unity vs everything else, Systemd vs whatever, wayland vs their plan). The end result seems to be that they are spreading their resources too thin, and don't seem to have time perfecting and testing. Canonical needs to rethink what they are doing, start reusing the wheel more, and perform more testing.

I admire Shuttleworth a lot, and the Ubuntu developers, but, if they continue down the path they are going, they will degrade the public view of Linux further, and hinder development / innovation, because neither their projects nor competing projects will build the infrastructure to support innovations.

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