Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Eh? I've been running Ubuntu 9.04 since it was in beta, and the only time it's prompted me to reboot was either when a kernel update was installed, or something critical to X was updated. Seeing as how I was running a GUI, now, that made sense. Granted, there were times during the beta and RC phase when this was happening daily, but that's because updates were being pushed out daily... which, imho, you should expect if you're running a beta version of an o and particularly an open source os like Ubuntu or any other Linux systems.
Since the 9.04 release I've only been prompted to reboot once, and that was because I voluntarily installed the rt kernel. I'm not getting any "reboot required" notifications when things such as dbus or hal are being updated, basically Xorg updates or kernel changes are the only thing that bug me for a reboot.
Now, I don't know how it is in Fedora as I don't use it and haven't since fc6... but given my experiences then, I can more easily believe that it is prompting you to reboot due to updates more often. Fedora is basically in perpetual beta, which is fine for a bleeding-edge system like that... but frequent critical updates come with that territory too.
As for Linux not being like this in the old days... well, you don't have to run GNOME or KDE, you know. The basic system hasn't changed, we've just added more complex desktops on top of it. If you don't like all the additional layers and complexity... don't use them.

All this aside, I agree with Dell's decision. However, they'll need to keep on top of backports such as Firefox, Openoffice, and relevant kernel driver changes. As long as they do that, 8.04 should be fine, and choosing the lts release makes perfect sense. Now, would I stick with 8.04 if I bought one of these? Hell no! But I'm a computer geek and I've no problem dealing with os installations and tweaks.

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