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 woegjiub
by woegjiub on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:49 UTC
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The text here says that they would be ditching the LTS model; that's simply not true.

It would mean keeping LTS versions, and replacing the intermediates with a rolling release.
IMHO, this is absolutely excellent.
The LTS releases are quite stable, in my opinion, but there are nasty things like my radeon 5000 series no longer being supported which bit me for the 12.10 release, meaning it has a lot of potential hostility for Joe sixpack.

Dropping the intermediates and only offering up the LTS to entry users makes sense, and a rolling release is basically what the power users who constantly upgrade want anyway.

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RE: Comment by woegjiub
by jessesmith on Thu 24th Jan 2013 01:22 in reply to "Comment by woegjiub"
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Agreed, the summary above does not match the description in the article. Canonical isn't talking about ditching the LTS releases, they are talking about making their test releases (the ones which occur between LTS releases) rolling. This makes sense since people who use the testing releases want more cutting edge development and should be able to handle the odd breakage. People who want to run Ubuntu on servers or who want stability can continue to run LTS exclusively. Really, very little will change, except the people on the cutting edge won't have to perform a major upgrade every six months.

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RE[2]: Comment by woegjiub
by Luminair on Thu 24th Jan 2013 03:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by woegjiub"
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Yeah, this. I never understood the Ubuntu releases because they never delivered quality. What is the point of releases when they offer no benefit over debian whatever its called. From my limited testing, Mint regular and lmde and Ubuntu have broken just as often as a rolling debian

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