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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by UltraZelda64 on Thu 25th Nov 2010 09:58 UTC
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Finally, something Ubuntu has done recently that I agree with. It seems that for every release the last few years, Ubuntu has made some annoying, stupid, or outright braindead decisions with seemingly no real/good reason. They have lost me as a result of putting such crazy ideas that come off as sounding like they just want to dumb their distro down in ways Microsoft and Apple have done in pretty much every version of their distro since... well, I lost track, it's been so many versions ago.

But I can't deny, this is a step in the right direction for those who would like to keep up to date without... eh, updating the whole OS every six months, fetching third-party packages constantly, dealing with many third-party repositories, or even worse--having to go the trial-and-error route of building from source and hoping it works (hint: more than half the time, in my experience, it doesn't).

This was always one of the benefits of Windows, which I somewhat miss. Sure, its "software management" if you can even call it that is a joke, but it works, and it allows you to download an installer of a program the second a developer releases a new version on their site and install it. If you don't like it--no problem, keep the old version's installer and revert. Linux simplifies package management by centralizing it, but it's horribly limiting when you're pretty much forced to stick to the same old, often-outdated packages that came out with the version of the distro that is running.

In reality though, this is not surprising given that Ubuntu already made this change for Firefox not too long ago. I was glad when they did that, and this really seems like the next logical step to continue what they started with the Firefox exception. Hopefully this is done well enough that an Ubuntu version can be chosen in the future, and if it works well enough, then only basic applications can be upgraded to newer versions, not compromising the stability of the underlying OS. And if a version doesn't work very well... a slightly older version could be used but with common programs updated.

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