Avoiding fragmentation with a rolling release
victor.palau at canonical.com
Mon Mar 4 11:31:58 UTC 2013
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On 01/03/13 03:04, Michael Hall wrote:
> 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).
Anyhow 2 years is way to spaced out for releases targeted to mobile
products IMHO. I do think we need to define a set of APIs where
compatibility is managed ( not necessarily mantained) from LTS to LTS.
Qt5 is a good place to start.
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