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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Might as well
by darknexus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:10 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Ubuntu's already the most unstable Linux distribution out there, might as well go all the way with that. They've got nothing to lose, except for their users. It's not as if anyone else takes Ubuntu seriously.

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RE: Might as well
by ssokolow on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:25 in reply to "Might as well"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Ubuntu's already the most unstable Linux distribution out there, might as well go all the way with that. They've got nothing to lose, except for their users. It's not as if anyone else takes Ubuntu seriously.


Trust me. It's NOT the most unstable distro out there.

As a skilled Gentoo user, I can honestly say that a rolling-release, build-from-source distro which encourages end-user customization of compile-time flags will always be more unstable on average.

...if for no other reason, because each Gentoo user makes half of the set of decisions an Ubuntu maintainer does and there's no tooling in place to allow us to share information on which configurations will cause instability under which circumstances.

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RE[2]: Might as well
by Morgan on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:21 in reply to "RE: Might as well"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have to agree, though my experience is with Arch and not Gentoo. They share a similar problem with occasional breakage though, from what I understand.

I will say, however, that the Arch maintainers always warn before breaking things and always have a fix either already in the pipe or at least on the way. When I ran it as my main OS, I tried to hold back the urge to type sudo pacman -Syu until I saw the fixes had been implemented.

So if Ubuntu goes for a rolling release model, I hope they are ready for the surge of hate from users too lazy or simply unaware of the need to check release notes before updating.

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RE[2]: Might as well
by darknexus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 23:34 in reply to "RE: Might as well"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"Ubuntu's already the most unstable Linux distribution out there, might as well go all the way with that. They've got nothing to lose, except for their users. It's not as if anyone else takes Ubuntu seriously.


Trust me. It's NOT the most unstable distro out there.

As a skilled Gentoo user, I can honestly say that a rolling-release, build-from-source distro which encourages end-user customization of compile-time flags will always be more unstable on average.

...if for no other reason, because each Gentoo user makes half of the set of decisions an Ubuntu maintainer does and there's no tooling in place to allow us to share information on which configurations will cause instability under which circumstances.
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Fair point, I don't really think of build from source distributions in the same way I think of pre-built ones like Ubuntu, Debian, etc, so I wasn't including them. On the flip side though, if you know what you're doing, you can get those to be rock solid stable.

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RE: Might as well
by n0b0dy on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 20:12 in reply to "Might as well"
n0b0dy Member since:
2009-09-03

I don't think Google would choose the 'most unstable Linux distribution out there' as their GoogleOS.
I use Ubuntu most of the time and I honestly think it's currently the best free user experience out there. As a power user you might like better this or that distro, but for the common person, Ubuntu is as stable, polished and well integrated a desktop can be. I've met a few Mac zealots who converted to Ubuntu and in my book, that means quite a bit.

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RE[2]: Might as well
by crhylove on Thu 24th Jan 2013 07:33 in reply to "RE: Might as well"
crhylove Member since:
2010-04-10

You mean besides Linux mint, right? I love how that distro constantly fixes canonical's garbage. LOL

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RE: Might as well
by Soulbender on Thu 24th Jan 2013 02:59 in reply to "Might as well"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Wow, don't you ever get tired of spouting this nonsense in every item about Ubuntu?
Although I guess you do know what it means not to be taken seriously.

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