LTS status for Ubuntu flavours

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Mon Mar 17 17:15:14 UTC 2014

Hi Ali, Tim,

As I won't be able to make the TB meeting today, I'm sending my questions

On Sat, Mar 08, 2014 at 10:06:49AM +0400, Ali Linx (amjjawad) wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM, Stéphane Graber <stgraber at>wrote:

> I have sent the proposal but on different thread. I see Ubuntu Release Team
> is involved here so I'm replying to make sure everyone will be informed.


> The Ubuntu GNOME
> Team<>is
> proposing that the Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 release be supported for 2 years
> and 3 months as an LTS release.

I am very concerned about this proposed support timeline.  2 years and 3
months means that the support period would end the same month that 16.04.1
is likely to be released.  Given that our policy has been to not recommend
(or advertise in the UI) LTS upgrades until the first point release, this
effectively gives users zero margin between the dropping of security support
for Ubuntu-GNOME 14.04, and the first upgrades to Ubuntu-GNOME 16.04.

I would not be comfortable endorsing an LTS status for a release that is not
going to provide a reasonable overlap between the LTS support periods.  I
think we should regard 3 years of support as the minimum for LTS status.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                          
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