Changes in Ubuntu releases decided by the Ubuntu Technical Board

Ioannis Vranos ioannis.vranos at
Tue Mar 19 23:28:17 UTC 2013

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM, Phill Whiteside <PhillW at> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> So, desktop is now to be 9 month support, LTS is to be LTS... Just waiting
> on how we are going to release a 'release' once the testing and QA guys have
> gotten our heads round it. Not here for me to blog, but the discussion of
> just how we are going to have a 'release' is important, so please have a
> think and get involved.
> Regards,
> Phill.


> Regards,
> Phill.
> [0]

I have the feeling that Canonical has not the size of Google, to be
able to create many complex Free Software projects of its own.

This is obvious from the Unity/Compiz case.

Also, this is obvious from the fact, that each of the latest
Ubuntu-family releases, needed a six month bug fix period, for most
major bugs to be fixed.

Personally I have been looking for Ubuntu-family replacements, as a
possible option for the future.

The distributions I have noted so far, are:

1.Rosa (also made by a company):

2. openSUSE 12.3 or later (also made by a company):

>From Wikipedia:

Acquisition by The Attachmate Group

Novell was in turn acquired by The Attachmate Group on 27 April 2011.
Under its new owner SUSE remained a separate company.

==> By June 2012 many former SUSE engineers which had been laid off
during Novell's ownership had been brought back.

I think OpenSUSE 12.3 is the first result of this.

3. Fuduntu (a very conservative and simple, partial rolling release):

4. Chakra is nice, but it lacks a graphical package installer, and a
graphical updater, so far):

I am still looking for more Ubuntu family-replacements.

In any case, I hope I am wrong, and the Ubuntu family continue to be great.

Ioannis Vranos

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