Perhaps it would be wise to open #Ubuntu-LTS?

Jason Ribeiro jason.ribeiro at
Mon May 10 19:50:32 UTC 2010

On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 7:37 AM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad <
joerlend.schinstad at> wrote:

> I was thinking it might be a good idea to open #Ubuntu-LTS instead of
> redirecting it to #Ubuntu.

Don't you think?

I have to disagree with this proposal mainly because there aren't too many
release-specific issues that pop up in #ubuntu that aren't in the release
notes.  #ubuntu+1 deals with issues specific to using an unstable version,
issues that are usually different than #ubuntu.  #kubuntu, #xubuntu (are
there more?) deal with different desktop environments.  #ubuntu-server,
again focuses on very specific tasks.  With an LTS release however, what
sort of issues come up to warrant a channel separate from #ubuntu?  I'm sure
I could name a handful, but not much more.

But there are other reasons too.

Creating a #ubuntu-lts channel and shuffling LTS users there splits the
users providing support into two channels.  This makes it harder to get
support, unless the user asks in both channels which defeats the purpose of
the channel.

On top of that, it will create more non-support chatter in #ubuntu due to
all of the "forwarding traffic" like #ubuntu+1 already does.

I think that if an LTS user simply announces he is using an LTS release in
#ubuntu it accomplishes what #ubuntu-lts hopes to accomplish, namely having
other LTS users to talk to.

That's my two cents.  In the end, I don't think LTS is different enough from
the other supported releases to really benefit from a separate channel.
However, a lot of people seem to be supporting the idea, so I wouldn't
object to a trial period of a week or two to see how things work out.

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