Avoiding fragmentation with a rolling release

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Fri Mar 1 04:19:10 UTC 2013

On Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:04:19 PM Michael Hall wrote:
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> On 02/28/2013 04:55 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> > That's a worst-case scenario for Ubuntu as a platform. The type of
> > users most likely to install applications, not doing so, because
> > they're using an Ubuntu version that changes too often for ISVs to
> > bother with.,
> This is also something that concerns me in our efforts to make Ubuntu
> a target platform for app developers.  We need to make some commitment
> to supporting platform APIs during these rolling releases between LTS
> so developers know what they can expect.
> Personally I don't think "target only LTS releases" is going to be
> acceptable to most ISVs, especially those writing consumer "apps",
> where you can go from nobody to the most downloaded and back to nobody
> in the span of 2 years (think of the rapid rise and fall of games like
> Words with Friends, or Draw Something).

"Rolling" can't both have stable APIs and be the development platform.  You 
need to pick one.

Scott K

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