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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    I'm fine with that. Usually I don't keep the non-LTS versions around for any longer than a few months after release of the next version. 3 months to upgrade sounds fair.
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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Does any know why nine months and not a nice fat round year?
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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Does any know why nine months and not a nice fat round year?
    From the IRC logs there are a few references to the length.

    cjwatson OK. It sounds like 9 is a good common position, then
    with some outliers

    infinity mdz: From reviewing the thread, I think 9 would make most everyone happy. 8 would make almost everyone happy. 7 would make Mark happy, and the rest of us nervous.
    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/te...ch/001527.html is where the majority of discussion is I think

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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Does any know why nine months and not a nice fat round year?
    Nine months normally gives a nice fat round tummy

    I think the idea is perfectly fine. For people who prefer the stability of LTS releases (as I do), it won't make much difference — although I do like the idea of package updates being pushed forward. For people who prefer "cutting edge", well, they would probably prefer to upgrade regularly anyway.

    A few newcomers don't check the difference between LTS and short-term, install the latest short-term release, and then wonder why their systems get so out-of-date so fast. But they seem to be a small minority.

    On the download page, clear and obvious wording, and placing the LTS version above the short-term version, would help.
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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Nine months normally gives a nice fat round tummy
    For people who prefer "cutting edge", well, they would probably prefer to upgrade regularly anyway.
    Well I do prefer cutting edge but I an not upgrading every 6 months. Usually I keep a Ubuntu release for a year and upgrade with ppas or compiling. I find it the best of all worlds.

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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybrain2012 View Post
    Well I do prefer cutting edge but I an not upgrading every 6 months. Usually I keep a Ubuntu release for a year and upgrade with ppas or compiling. I find it the best of all worlds.
    So, for you, a nine-month support life would be a nuisance. For security reasons, it's probably not a good idea to wait the final three months without support. I suppose you'd have to upgrade every six months with the new method.
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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    So, for you, a nine-month support life would be a nuisance. For security reasons, it's probably not a good idea to wait the final three months without support. I suppose you'd have to upgrade every six months with the new method.
    If they want to steer people towards using LTS they had better make sure that they are kept up to date. 12.04 is already becoming old and many bug fixes and enhancements in 12.10 have not been backported. With thisrelease cycle I can see ppas for non LTS drying up too as people may not be bothered to maintain software just for 9 months.

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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybrain2012 View Post
    Well I do prefer cutting edge but I an not upgrading every 6 months. Usually I keep a Ubuntu release for a year and upgrade with ppas or compiling. I find it the best of all worlds.
    There's always Debian...

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    Re: Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    There's always Debian...
    Debian doesn't have a rich ppa ecology like in Ubuntu. That is a main reason I stick to Ubuntu, another reason that I prefer Ubuntu is Unity. Some drivers are also a pain to install in Debian.
    Last edited by monkeybrain2012; March 19th, 2013 at 07:15 PM.

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