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    Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    I was just reading that most Ubuntu versions other then the LTS come with 18 months of support.

    I was just wondering why Cannonical decided to go with 9 months of support for Ubuntu 13.04?

    Thank you

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    First, this is not support request.

    Second they moved so developers can focus more on adding and implementing new features. it's a compromise between roling release and previous release cycle. makes sense they did it, especially since new stable release comes out every 6 months.

    LTS releases will have 5 years support.
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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    Quote Originally Posted by carmen2012 View Post
    I was just wondering why Canonical decided to go with 9 months of support for Ubuntu 13.04?
    It is unusual in the Linux world to offer such a short time for support for what is still fundamentally a 'release'. Some will doubtless argue the semantics of both 'support' and 'release'
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    Quote Originally Posted by carmen2012 View Post
    I was just reading that most Ubuntu versions other then the LTS come with 18 months of support.

    I was just wondering why Cannonical decided to go with 9 months of support for Ubuntu 13.04?

    Thank you
    Because 13.10 comes out in October. That gives you 3 months to make the switch.
    Also a long-term-support version (12.04) already exists.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    Let Mark Shuttleworth explain it.

    http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1228

    http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1246

    I would not in the least be surprised if 13.10 was the last interim/standard release.

    First, there’s real confusion around interim releases. Between 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS there will be three interim releases on our current approach, and lots of people will find that confusing.
    Second, we have proven the LTS point release mechanism, which brings new hardware support and new software to the LTS releases.
    Third, the daily quality story really has been impressive. The amazing work of a sizable quality team has transformed the widespread expectations of participants and contributors in Ubuntu
    And it’s worth looking hard at our practices to ask the question: how best to achieve that goal? Of those practices, interim releases are just as subject to evaluation and revision as any other.
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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    The LTS point release mechanism probably hasn't received as much attention as it should.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    I was curious, does the LTS point releases bring in new versions of software, kernel updates and the like? In other words, do the point releases bring in the "latest and greatest" as it were (lol) And if someone is running LTS do they get those point upgrades automatically?

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 - Why only 9 months of support?

    Because after nine months it gives birth to a newer version.

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