Last edited by RJARRRPCGP; April 16th, 2012 at 11:37 PM.
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MATE is pretty much mature now and should be available for just about any operating system. My understanding of Debian is that it aims for a Stable release every two years. Last released Feb. 2011 which means sometime around Feb 2013 for the next Stable. Wheezy goes into Freeze this June in preparation for Stable status. Each Stable release gets 3 years of support so the current Stable--Squeeze--has a bit less than two more years support.
I sometimes type things that are inaccurate - until several days ago I thought Xubuntu 12.04 was a 5 year LTS but it's only a 3 year LTS.
That said I've often wondered how secure Ubuntu itself is if one chooses to use any alternate DE available in the repos
Just for instance either 'gnome' or 'gnome-desktop-environment' are available in the repos, as are 'lxde' and 'xfce4' - and you can of course always cook your own DE:
So, if we have 'ubuntu-minimal' installed how long is any DE available from the repos (NOT a PPA) supported security-wise
I once brought that up shortly after Ubuntu introduced 'notify-osd' and got shouted down by someone from QA
So, back to Lubuntu only; if someone (like a Pentium M user) wants an LTS, and manages to install Ubuntu 12.04, could they then install 'lubuntu-desktop' and feel SECURE!
We know they'd not get new packages that provide new and improved features, but how about security?
What about the meta-package 'lxde'? It's there, what if someone finds the Ubuntu DE to be just a bit too "heavy" for their hardware? If they install any DE from the repos can they depend on it being secure?
I'm honestly clueless.
For the last 6 months, I've seen this Q almost everyday and was discussing that almost every day too. It might be too late to add that but never too late.Please note that 12.04 will not be an LTS (5 year support), but a 'standard' release, supported for 18 months. This is simply due the fact there is insufficient 'man-power' to commit to 5 years of support.
Usually, an information like that (Lubuntu 12.04 is not an LTS release) will be mentioned on the release notes (which usually few only read that actually - sad but true) but we thought it's also important to include that on the Wiki.