[Lubuntu-qa] Fwd: Changes in Ubuntu releases decided by the Ubuntu Technical Board

Ali Linx (amjjawad) amjjawad at gmail.com
Wed Mar 20 17:28:19 UTC 2013

> *The 3 items the Technical Board has voted on and accepted are considered as
> final*. *We do not expect to have to vote again on any of this and are
> just waiting on the implementation of those*.

Then what exactly are we going to discuss or need to discuss since this is
Typical Canonical Style - making their own decisions then: "hey people,
there you go. Take it or leave it". As if they have asked anyone before
that :D

Anyway, I care the most about Lubuntu and I shall be as long as Lubuntu is

What is coming next? I don't really care. I won't be surprise at all :D

As Julien said, we do have a plan to stick to and release 13.04 and that is
what we all should worry about at the moment, IMHO.


On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM, Phill Whiteside <PhillW at ubuntu.com> 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.
> The following announcement is from Stéphane Graber, on behalf of the
> Ubuntu Technical Board, about changes to releases decided at the
> Ubuntu Technical Board meeting.
> It's also published on the fridge if you wish to share this news
> directly:
> http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2013/03/19/changes-in-ubuntu-releases-decided-by-the-ubuntu-technical-board/
> and you can also read commentary from Rick Spencer, Vice President of
> Ubuntu Engineering, on the importance and impact of these changes
> here:
> http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2013/03/19/ubuntu-technical-board-looks-at-shuttleworths-proposal-for-release-management-methodology/
> In yesterday's meeting[0] we covered two of the topics from Mark's
> proposal to the Technical Board:
> == Reducing the length of support for our regular (non-LTS) releases ==
> The rational here is that it's costing a lot of time to maintain all
> those releases for 18 months. It's also causing a lot of load on the SRU
> team and on developers to ensure that upgrading from one release to the
> other won't cause regressions due to fixes being SRUed only to a few
> releases.
> The change in support length from 18 months to 9 months will reduce the
> number of releases we need to support in parallel while still allowing
> enough time for our users to upgrade to the next release.
> This change will affect Ubuntu releases starting with 13.04, any older
> regular release will still be supported for 18 months and LTS releases
> will still be supported for 5 years.
> This change was approved through two votes, the first about shortening
> the support length to 9 months and the second about doing it starting
> with 13.04. Both votes had all 3 attending Technical Board members'
> approval and had general support by the other members from mailing-list
> discussions.
> == Enable users to continuously track the development focus of Ubuntu
> without having to explicitly upgrade ==
> This discussion was about making it easier for some of our users to keep
> their machine always on the current development release.
> This has nothing to do with Rolling Releases and is purely about setting
> up some kind of meta-series on the archive mirrors that people can use
> instead of having to manually upgrade from one development release to
> the next.
> There again, all 3 present members agreed with this proposal.
> == Other discussions ==
> Outside of those two items, we also briefly discussed some changes to
> our update tool to allow our users to upgrade by more than a single
> release at a time.
> In the current state of things we allow for upgrades from a release to
> the next or from an LTS release to the next LTS release.
> The plan here is to change that, so that a user of Ubuntu 12.10 could
> directly update to Ubuntu 13.10 or 14.04 LTS.
> This change should make the life of our users much easier and will
> ensure that we get to the next LTS with much more reliable and well
> tested upgrades.
> The Technical Board didn't feel that there would be anything to vote on
> at this time and leaves the implementation and testing of this to the
> various teams involved (Foundations, QA, Release).
> The 3 items the Technical Board has voted on and accepted are considered
> as final. We do not expect to have to vote again on any of this and are
> just waiting on the implementation of those.
> Regards,
> Phill.
> [0]
> http://ubottu.com/meetingology/logs/ubuntu-meeting/2013/ubuntu-meeting.2013-03-18-21.01.moin.txt
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/phillw<https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/community-announce>
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