which ubuntu server version

Michael Thompson michaelnt at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 08:58:09 UTC 2012

On 31 January 2012 08:45, Bob Jolliffe <bobjolliffe at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all
> I'm looking for an opinion regarding server versions.  In general I am
> ultra-conservative about sticking to the LTS releases for production
> setups.  Consequently I have a number of 10.04 servers currently under
> my stewardship.  But as we rapidly approach the 12.04 release date I
> am in two minds about a server I am setting up this week.
> Users would like to have tomcat7 and postgres 9.1 and these are not in
> the official lucid repositories.  There are some backports and ppas
> around but tomcat7 in particular seems hard to find a reliable looking
> source.  What do you think is the best approach - to install 11.10 and
> look to upgrade to the LTS in May?  Or stick with 10.04 for a few
> months more and hack in the tomcat7 support?  I suspect the first will
> be easier but it is a bit of a climb down for me as I have been
> harassing colleagues to stick with the LTS i production environments.
>  But given that we will likely upgrade to the new LTS a month or two
> after release it will probably be easier to upgrade from 11.10,
> particularly with the tomcat7 dependency.
> Any thoughts?

I think the only advantage of the LTS is that you don't have to upgrade,
and continue to get security updates. If you use a third party source for
tomcat and postgres then you aren't getting security updates for these

I'd go with the version of Ubuntu that gives you the software you need,
along with its security updates. Upgrading is generally smooth, and you can
always stick on 11.10 until the support ends.

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