[Bug 445460] [NEW] LTS Download Page has misleading content

Benjamin Thyreau benji2 at decideur.info
Wed Oct 7 15:02:26 BST 2009

Public bug reported:

Hi !

The Ubuntu Download page says :

" Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop: Released April 2008 and maintained until
April 2011 – ideal for large deployments "

Yet, it happens that LTS is only maintained for some very technical definition of "maintained". As a very obvious example, it is impossible for a normal user to run a reasonably recent OpenOffice.org version on an LTS distribution.
(This has been confirmed by Mark himself, see, for example,  https://bugs.launchpad.net/hardy-backports/+bug/283137 )

Ubuntu is shipped with such End-User computer as DELL's online shop made
available. Currently, average users would fill tricked that they can't
run an Office suite, while they could be if they had bought the Windows
version of the same laptop, as they would not grasp how the extent of
"Maintained" is limited to. This also make it quite unsuitable for large
deployment, as Entreprises destkop is a major users of Office program,
and need such features as improved Microsoft compatibility.

I suggest that the website is updated to have better Link to what "LTS" is, and especially, what it is not.
For example, having an http link to the LTS wiki description page, and making crystal clear that Maintainance is only for a technical security point of view. We technical users may understand, but few normal users would expect that it will be impossible for years to update their Office suite (or other majorly required program).

Thanks !

** Affects: hardy-backports
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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