As an Admin who uses one-or-another form of *nix on all his servers and all of his own desktops: This issue is one that stops me dead in my tracks, vis-a-vis campaigning for more wide-spread desktop usage in corporate environments. As a Server & Network Admin. I could never, in good conscience, recommend to a business that they replace an OS that has a 10+ year lifespan (e.g.: WinXP) with one that has, at best, a 3-year lifespan. Never mind a nine month lifespan?!?!
The only problem I see is that if someone downloads the rolling release version of Ubuntu toward the end of the LTS cycle, they will have a lot of updates. Hopefully, they'll have regular snapshots for download to prevent that.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. - Dr. Seuss
Seems like the only ubuntu "rolling release" (though it will not officially be called that) will be ubuntu development...they are supposed to add some means (one developer mentioned something about maybe doing a symlink) so that you will be able to go from one development version to the next without any upgrading...the update manager will simply "point" to the new version when the updates for it begin...
It is supposed to start with 13.04 development but they are working out the details...hope they get it done in time before 13.04's final release
Last edited by craig10x; April 3rd, 2013 at 06:42 PM.
I hope so too. Assuming, it even applies to Xubuntu.forrestcupp
I hope so, at least.
The response from craig10x seems to suggest it will only apply to "ubuntu development" versions.
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
Yeah, that's the general impression i got both from the transcripts of the developer's decisions and also Mark Shuttleworth's input to them (and us) about how he thinks it would be best to go...
So, i believe that the only "rolling" will be development...though it will not be called that...they just want to make it easier for those that follow development to go from the current version to the next (without a need to upgrade)...but let's face it, since it is development it really is "rolling" all the time...
as a total novice to linux. i am a user now for about 5 years. and i for one enjoy the LTS vesions.
I for one do not care for the latest release. i have heard others who have upgraded to newer versions and they had quite of few bugs.
i use ubuntu on 1 machine & linux mint on my dell inspiron enjoy both.