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Drazin
November 2nd, 2011, 03:16 PM
What are the problems with using an older version of Ubuntu? They use an older kernel version but do they still get updated packages or are they frozen to only getting bug fixes?

I noticed how the same version of java is available through the repo in both 10.10 and 11.10 which suggests they share packages except the core OS obviously.

philinux
November 2nd, 2011, 03:22 PM
What are the problems with using an older version of Ubuntu? They use an older kernel version but do they still get updated packages or are they frozen to only getting bug fixes?

I noticed how the same version of java is available through the repo in both 10.10 and 11.10 which suggests they share packages except the core OS obviously.

No problems but they will not have the most up to date packages.

A lot of people run the LTS version.

Just be sure to check the end of life dates.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Drazin
November 2nd, 2011, 03:28 PM
No problems but they will not have the most up to date packages.

A lot of people run the LTS version.

Just be sure to check the end of life dates.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Doesn't the LTS still suffer from older packages?

philinux
November 2nd, 2011, 03:32 PM
Doesn't the LTS still suffer from older packages?

Yes. Although backports can be used.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports

Drazin
November 2nd, 2011, 03:36 PM
Yes. Although backports can be used.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports

ah ok. Thanks for the info

beew
November 2nd, 2011, 03:53 PM
Use ppas. "Not having the most up to date packages" is a vast under statement, you are talking about several year old offer if you have been using LTS for a while, that is many developmental cycles for open source.Most things don't get backported. That is just the party line. :)

Zill
November 2nd, 2011, 09:31 PM
Of course, it is worth considering that the OP might not actually need the "latest and greatest" packages. Older packages may well have more bugs ironed out than later iterations.

If older packages do the job and if stability, rather than just the latest "bling", is required then older releases, such as LTS, are perfectly satisfactory.