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Why has Ubuntu committed to a 6-month release cycle? Why should it have a fixed cycle at all?

Doesn't that go against the "if it ain't broken don't fix it" saying?

  • The LTS version (Long Term Supported) renews every 2 years. The current LTS is 10.04 Lucid Lynx. – Lekensteyn May 7 '11 at 7:55
  • The server LTS is supported for even longer than that – HorusKol May 8 '11 at 23:50
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From https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TimeBasedReleases#Why does Ubuntu use time-based releases?

Ubuntu releases are challenging because they represent an aggregation of the work of thousands of independent software projects. We feel that a time-based release process enables us to provide our users with the best balance of the latest software, tight integration, and excellent overall quality.

I agree personally that frequent releases is the best way to get software out to users. The problem is that to make a good release you need to do thorough testing which takes time and effort. The 6 months cycle is the compromise Ubuntu chose.

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  • Should've read the Wiki before asking, thanks a lot! – user541686 May 7 '11 at 7:02
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    The trick is knowing what to look for. – user1249 May 7 '11 at 7:06
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Every time you install a new version, things break. I am running 10.04 LTS. I assume that anything that apt-get upgrades will not break my code. If I upgraded to 10.09 libraries move, directories change, things will break, and for what? Latest features? No thanks. LTS is good for servers which need stability more than anything else.

I expect 12.04 to be LTS.

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  • wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS – user1249 May 7 '11 at 14:55
  • How are you upgrading? The only problem I've ever had with an upgrade was getting my partitions mixed up once and blasting my home and var directories - all the rest have been smooth as butter – HorusKol May 8 '11 at 23:52

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