LTS status for Ubuntu flavours

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Mon Feb 24 17:00:14 UTC 2014

Hi Kaj,

On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 11:50:55AM +0100, Kaj Ailomaa wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014, at 11:46 AM, Dimitri John Ledkov wrote:
> > On 24 February 2014 10:27, Kaj Ailomaa <zequence at> wrote:
> > > Ubuntu Studio is also participating in all point releases for 12.04 LTS.

> > > We will discuss LTS support for 14.04. Most probably we will follow the
> > > Ubuntu 5 year plan.

> > > / Kaj Ailomaa - Ubuntu Studio project lead

> > Given the overlap between Xubuntu and Ubuntu Studio, does it make
> > sense to have the two on different support lengths? Xubuntu committing
> > to 3 years earlier in the thread, and 5 year commitment here. Are you
> > going to pick up the remaining 2 years of XFCE specific support
> > required? Or would it be better to align both flavors on the same
> > support length, e.g. either 3 or 5.

> While Ubuntu Studio uses the XFCE DE, our main focus is multimedia
> content production and the meta packages are applicable to all DEs.
> As far as the ISO is concerned, we will of course put our attention to
> any bugs that may arise. And that is as far as we will support XFCE
> specific packages.

I think the point that Dimitri is making is that it makes no sense to say
that UbuntuStudio will have 5 years of (community security) support, if it
depends on a desktop environment that won't have security support for that
same time period.  While you could decide to provide 5-year support for only
the multimedia packages, I don't think we on the TB would be happy to sign
off on saying UbuntuStudio as a flavor has 5-year support when the DE on the
UbuntuStudio images only has 3 years of support.

So I think the UbuntuStudio and Xubuntu communities should discuss this and
reach an agreement on which support period to use for these shared
components, and set their LTS support accordingly.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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