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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RE[2]: Symptom of a Wider Problem
by _Nine_ on Wed 24th Nov 2010 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Symptom of a Wider Problem"
_Nine_
Member since:
2010-10-13

What's your definition of maintaining? I think he's referring to straight-up installation. You want the new Firefox? Go to firefox.org and download it. You don't have to wait for your flavor of distro to roll it out via the repo. And you don't often have to worry that any prereqs for the app are going to break your other apps, just as it's rare for a Windows Update to break things. Updates and service packs might break custom or in-house enterprise apps, but i don't think it's an issue most general users face.

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NxStY Member since:
2005-11-12

If you want chrome on ubuntu for example you can get the deb from google, double click on it and it will install and automatically hook up with apt so that you get automatic updates (unlike in windows where a lot of apps have their own update application, I have like 5 running now: "adobe updater", "apple software update" etc). Is that really much more difficult than running a installer in windows?

Mozilla prefers to have the distros package their own builds, but they could have it working in a similar way if they wanted to, you can't blame it on linux that they don't.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

If you want chrome on ubuntu for example you can get the deb from google, double click on it and it will install and automatically hook up with apt so that you get automatic updates (unlike in windows where a lot of apps have their own update application)

1. Developers have to provide backports for every single release. When they can't be bothered you're out of luck.

2. It's Ubuntu specific.

3. There's a reason why the update menu item in Firefox was disabled on Linux when it wasn't on Windows and Mac OS. It just looks stupid.

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