Ubuntu Flavor and LTS Changes

Jason Warner jason.warner at canonical.com
Mon Feb 6 23:24:25 UTC 2012

Hi Everyone -

With 12.04 LTS around the corner, it is time to be crisp with our language
about what it means to be a LTS and an Ubuntu flavor. Part of the that is
clearly delineating roles and responsibilities as well as articulating the
criteria required to be accepted as LTS[1].

The wiki explains and outlines the guidelines required to be a recognized
flavor as well as what is required by the tech board for LTS consideration.
Further, the wiki explains what services and resources will be provided by
Canonical and what is expected to come from the community.

Practically speaking, not much should change. Community leaders should
drive the flavors in terms of vision, direction, scope, day-to-day work
items and release. Canonical is committed to providing the various bits of
infrastructure as well as the platform upon which to build the flavors. The
move aligns all flavors to a community driven and supported model with
Canonical providing core infrastructure.

More specifics on what support is Canonical provided vs Community is on the
Ubuntu wiki[1]. LTS details[2] and Ubuntu flavors[3] are also on the wiki.

Thanks everyone,

[1] - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecognizedDerivatives
[2] - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS
[3] - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFlavors
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