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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I get the hint
by fretinator on Wed 24th Nov 2010 18:34 UTC
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I guess I better get upgrade from Woody then.

But serially, folks, this is a good move. One thing my son really disliked about Linux was how long he had to wait for the latest Firefox or OpenOffice. When Firefox releases a version with a 10x improvement in javascript performance, you don't want to wait 6 months for it. I know you can manually do some of this, but this defeats the purpose of the repository concept.

I assume there will still be an LTS release (that does not do this) for the millions of enterprise customers...

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RE: I get the hint
by segedunum on Thu 25th Nov 2010 23:28 in reply to "I get the hint"
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I know you can manually do some of this, but this defeats the purpose of the repository concept.

It doesn't. That's the central point behind the central repository model - that you can control what applications get installed.

Unfortunately, that means that there is still a relatively long lead time between the release and when it appears in a new distribution or in umpteen backport repositories - as opposed to developers creating one sane installation package to users as soon as a new release happens that they can support.

Edited 2010-11-25 23:29 UTC

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