I think the 6-month tempo was a good idea in its time, and bootstrapped Ubuntu into a good place. But perhaps it is time to look at a new model.
As far as the mobile thing, that's not my bag - I'm not a tablet-y smart-phone-y kind of a guy. I just hope it doesn't take away from the desktop development too much.
I think we should just wait for a final plan and then adapt to whatever SABDFL agrees to.
The forum mods will adjust easily.
Where would we be able to view the UDS (after it's streamed live)? I may not be able to catch it live, but would like to watch it at my convenience after it takes place...
I'm surely gonna miss showing off this "(development branch)" thingy to my friends that use Ubuntu.
Code:cat /etc/issue Ubuntu Raring Ringtail (development branch) \n \l
On rolling release, I'm usually using +1 with LTS and Mint fallbacks. Rolling release to me means not much in the way of major changes?
Stumbled on OMG Ubuntu's post about rolling release and they even had a poll, which 85% of voters seemed fine with it.
Ubuntu To Discuss Move to Rolling Release At Next Weeks UDS
But it doesn't work like this does it? Why would OEM be interested in OS version that users will not use because they will use newer one? OEM will still have to commit to support newer versions because users buying "Ubuntu Hardware" will demand it works with latest Ubuntu just like with Steam for example Valve can't really say we will support only one of supported Ubuntu versions because in the reality they have to support all of them.That's my feeling as well. With the 2 year release cycle on LTS releases, combined with perhaps a few important software packages being backported regularly (the way Firefox is now for Precise), that would cover the OEM/just-want-it-to-work, folks. And have this rolling thingy for people like, well, like us
There is more Ubuntu 12.10 users ATM and supporting just Ubuntu 12.04 LTS would not make much sense.
There really isn't any point in separating what users and OEM-s want and thinking this way only creates confusion and lack of interest. Probably for now low level stuff could remain maintained for periods of at least 5 years and higher level stuff like apps should be available in Ubuntu as they come. The most used software should have committed maintainers that would get the software in USC (or Debian) promptly or developers of the software could have the ability to enable their official PPA in USC.
OEM would gain 5 year support for low level stuff and user would get latest App from USC as it is produced. Newer low level stuff like display servers and kernels there should be something like "dev PPA" that users could enable and use if they want to be more "upstream" but that would not really be something average OEMs and users should care about.
Or take a risk and turn Ubuntu in rolling release and OEMs and driver makers and software makers that want to compete and support Ubuntu will probably prevail and the rest is not important.
Users do want safe and easy way to get and install latest available apps and developers should not have to have to much difficulty providing user just that and OEMs want a model that allows them to easily maintain their hardware for at least 5 years and this two demands have to be addressed in one strategy not two different ones. Having LTS and rolling release is probably less optimal and efficient as having just one of the mentioned ones or use something else that is more optimal for mentioned 2 demands.
Last edited by EgoGratis; March 3rd, 2013 at 03:51 PM.