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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticWarrior View Post
    +1

    But brand new hardware is a reason in itself to use the latest release regardless of the LTS status.

    LTS has hardware compatibility stack, so you can install new kernels to get support for new hardware on the LTS edition. i still went with LTS, but used new kernel (same as in 19.10) for compatibility. there were no driver issues and i am on 18.04 LTS until next year when i will upgrade to the next LTS (20.04).
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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

    Originally, I used LTS releases only. 6.06 LTS, 8.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS. Then I got a new computer that didn't like 10.04 LTS, so I installed 11.04. IIRC, the HWE stack was only introduced with 12.04 LTS. I upgraded then to 11.10, 12.04 LTS and planned to stick to LTS releases only again. But after a while I got annoyed by older software. Some add-ons for a number of packages I used where no longer available for the versions on 12.04 LTS. You can (as bunny9000 writes) install later version of software manually or (better) from PPA, but it's harder and often gives instability. So, I installed 13.10. From then onwards I have used the short term releases, but I dual boot and always keep one older LTS release on my other partition as a spare. I rarely need it. I usually fresh install e.10, wiping (e-2).04 LTS in the process, and upgrade it three times until I have (e+2).04 LTS, with e an even number. It works for me.

    So, for a server, I suggest LTS releases. Servers rarely need the latest features, but need stability as they tend to run unattended and annoy many people if they don't work. For a desktop/laptop, it depends. I don't mind the slightly less polished nature of the short term releases, found release upgrades reliable and easy and don't mind occasionally fixing something, as I usually manage. But if you're new, it's probably better to stay with LTS releases.

    The next LTS release is 20.04 LTS. You could now install 18.04 LTS, but 19.10 is also a single step away from 20.04 LTS, so for the number of release upgrades or fresh installs it doesn't matter. If you want to move to 20.04 LTS soon, install 19.10. Else I suggest 18.04 LTS.

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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

    Quote Originally Posted by Impavidus View Post
    If you want to move to 20.04 LTS soon, install 19.10. Else I suggest 18.04 LTS.
    Yes, this sentence sums it all up. The LTS part of 18.04 has no value if you are going to 20.04 anyway.

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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
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    Re: Should I use the latest Ubuntu or LTS version?

    It really depends on what you´re looking to do. I like the updates in 19.04 and 19.10 but I´m using 18.04 LTS since the programs I need are better supported on 18.04 LTS. Also depending on your hardware and it´s compatibility you may find that patches are fewer and further between on the new releases. For instance my girlfriend has a Microsoft Surface Laptop, it has some compatibility issues and Jake Day´s kernel fixes them brilliantly, his updates fail in 19.04 due to the new kernel, so if she were to upgrade she´d have to go through all that hastle again but with a new library, so she´s content with 18.04 LTS until 20.04 comes out.
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