Kubuntu LTS

Richard A. Johnson nixternal at kubuntu.org
Thu Dec 20 23:42:54 GMT 2007

OK, one thing I am seeing about this latest news is people saying 
that "Kubuntu will not be chosen in large roll-outs because it isn't LTS."

I am sure many people believe this, but at the same time, if you look at such 
large roll-outs as the French Parliament as well as the Canary Islands, they 
all chose Feisty over Dapper for a multitude of reasons.

I seriously do not think that dropping the LTS tag will hurt us and by getting 
the ball rolling on a KDE 4 release, we can either create the curve, or 
continue to try and follow it for the years to come. This is our chance to 
step up and remove the label of "2nd class citizen." Kubuntu's goal has 
always been to be a distribution with the best KDE implementation possible. 
With the onslaught of distributions carrying KDE 3, which also contains more 
developers than us, it has been tough to reach this goal.

People have been waiting for years now for KDE 4, and having Kubuntu be one of 
the first distributions out there with a solid release will help katapult (ya 
Mez, had to use it) us to the top of the lists. From a developers standpoint, 
KDE 4 is definitely a better platform for us to work with for various 
reasons. With a lot of recent additions that conform to the Free Desktop 
standards into KDE 4, this really helps us with the whole "catch-up" that was 
planned at UDS. Not only can we now catch up, but we potentially have the 
chance to lead.

I have stated in other posts that we are limited on the amount of active 
contributors, but one thing we are not limited on are the various skill-sets 
that are required to make a distribution solid, as we are not limited on the 
amount of greatness we have in our small community. Implementing KDE 4 at 
this point in time could hopefully change our direction and provide us with 
even more contributors, making our future easier to maintain.

Here is to pushing Kubuntu and KDE into the new year, and moving us one step 
closer to our goal. Cheers!

Richard A. Johnson
nixternal at kubuntu.org
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