Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 18:21 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "For the longest time Canonical has slapped an LTS moniker on some of their Ubuntu releases. Currently, a new major release of the operating system happens every six months, and is supported for 18 months after release. Whereas in the past when LTS versions received two years support or more, the current model - starting with 12.04 - supports new LTS releases for five years. However, a recent public Google Hangouts session revealed that Canonical has been thinking about switching from the venerable LTS model to a rolling release, starting with version 14.04."
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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 18:44 UTC
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They believe they can maintain stability during the rolling release process.

They are the only ones that believe this. Too many people have gotten burnt by faulty updates, even within the same release. I haven't had problems, but I have little confidence in their ability.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by kragil on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:48 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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Most likely they will follow Debian Unstable or Testing, by doing that they get lots of testing for free ... that would be the Canonical way of doing things. They would just need to add their Unity/Upstart/UbuntuOne stuff on top.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by bassbeast on Fri 25th Jan 2013 08:26 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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Yeah if they switch to rolling doesn't that mean that pretty much ALL you'll be getting from Canonical is unstable?

The whole point of LTS was to give you a Linux with a support cycle similar to Windows instead of being so bleeding edge that the OS has stigmata and a rolling release is exactly the opposite, you'd be better off with one of those yearly releases as then you only risk breakage once a year.

Honestly I don't think its gonna matter much in the end, Canonical's Ubuntu is gonna end up joining Xandros and Linspire and Mandriva in the dead OS bin in 2 years, probably less. I mean between Unity and giving all the searches to Amazon to begging on the download page its pretty obvious they can't figure out a way to make enough money at this to keep the lights on.

If you look at their history almost from the moment Shuttleworth gave that interview where he said he wasn't sinking any more money into Ubuntu and its been one desperation move after another trying to find a revenue model, from Ubuntu netbook Remix to Ubuntu Server (remember when Shuttleworth said they were a DESKTOP company and wouldn't be getting into the server market?) to Ubuntu TV to Ubuntu Phone its just been one trend hop to the next just trying to find a revenue stream.

Looking at it from that perspective it makes perfect sense, supporting a Linux distro for 5 years with backports when Linux is traditionally bleeding edge has GOT to be expensive and this is a way to get rid of that cost without admitting that the reason is they are running out of money.

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