Strawman: Change the Ubuntu Release Cycle

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Tue Jan 1 19:21:34 UTC 2008

On Jan 1, 2008 2:12 PM, Jonas Jørgensen <jj at> wrote:

> On Jan 1, 2008 2:46 AM, Sarah Hobbs <hobbsee at> wrote:
> >
> > Evan wrote:
> > > My original worry in starting this thread was that the six-month cycle
> was
> > > too short. I find that the normal releases aren't *quite* stable
> enough for
> > > every-day use (even in a home environment) because of the features
> that are
> > > only half-implemented and the "early-adopters penalty", while the LTS
> > > quickly becomes too out-of-date for home users who prefer up-to-date
> > > software.
> >
> > Can you give examples of such features?  I've not seen this in Ubuntu on
> > a released system (with the possible exception of compiz, which crashes
> > occasionally)
> displayconfig-gtk. It hasn't worked on any of the three computers I
> have tried it on -- it either crashes or X refuses to start after
> using it. And my experience doesn't seem to be uncommon.

Kubuntu's restricted driver manager too.  It said fglrx was enabled on my
friend's laptop, but displayconfig-qt (I guess it's called that) wouldn't go
over 800x600 until I manually edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf.  displayconfig-gtk
made my mom's computer go into 800x600 mode and refused to put it back to
1280x1024.  I tried to dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg and it just gave
an error saying that it'd been customized and would be backed up so as not
to lose the customizations, and then exited.  The reconfigure never ran.  I
tried to just manually fix xorg.conf and it went to failsafe mode instead.
Failsafe brought back displayconfig-gtk which once again refused to use the
i810 driver (the card doesn't work with the -intel driver) and would only
use vesa at 800x600.  I'm just glad I had a year-old backup of
xorg.conflying around.

Mackenzie Morgan
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