Written by skip the 18 Aug 08 at 14:18.
What need is there to have a new release every six months ?
Sure, it's nice to have a brand new OS (sort of) twice a year, but a more slowier trythm would not only ease Canonical support, but also make it easier for us to follow it.
Upgrading the distro is risky/tricky each time. But I will have to do so, because in a few months, it won't be supported anymore.
You can automate it to ignore all distro updates but LTSs. On Ubuntu, go to System - Administration - Software Sources, go to the middle tab ("Updates"), and change the dropdown next to "Show new distro releases" to "LTS releases only".
Simple as that! :)
wrote on the 18 Aug 08 at 15:55
I think he doesn't mean that his biggest problem is the supported time of the ubuntu distro's. because indeed there is a LTS version with long support.
I don't know how much dev's would appreciate it getting more time to release every release.I have to admit that every 6 months a new ubuntu comes out i'm very pleased, but sometimes I miss features that are delayed for the next release.
Maybe the ubuntu releases could have a milestone look a like system? So that certain new features definitely are in the next release? With some good planning I still would be possible to get new releases with a certain amount of possible delay.
I think the shorter time between release is better for people who want to switch over. (As people are coming over more and more)
If I were newly switching over, I would take a 6-month old OS over a 1 year old OS any day.
Also, I feel like (I could be completely wrong) it would help motivate the developers to see their work be available to the public in 6 months rather than waiting a year.
In these new days of "OS wars" Its always good to know that Ubuntu is always "Fresh" regardless.
So I think it might be a good idea later on down the line, but only when there are a LOT more users. I might agree then only for the fact that more testing will be helpful to make sure all those users stay happily bug/issue-free.
wrote on the 25 Sep 11 at 22:05