LTS status for Ubuntu flavours

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Thu Feb 27 03:02:08 UTC 2014

Hi Kaj,

On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:27:21PM +0100, Kaj Ailomaa wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014, at 06:00 PM, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > 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.

> From what I can tell, there has been no updates to any essential XFCE
> package in Precise since it was released. Am I wrong?
> (xfce4-weather-plugin is the only one I can find available in
> precise-updated, and I don't seem to be able to find anything else
> packaged past 2011).
> I understand the concept of providing security support - fixing bugs -
> especially if severe ones are found. And that I am prepared to do, past
> the three year Xubuntu support period.

> In practical terms, what would the real issue be, if Ubuntu Studio
> decides to continue supporting the LTS for five years, making sure there
> are new ISOS out for every point release?

If you on the UbuntuStudio team are committing to 5 years of support for all
of the packages on the UbuntuStudio ISO, including those that are part of
Xubuntu, then that's fine; I just had the impression from your earlier
answer that you weren't committing to this, but were instead saying that you
considered support for the Xfce packages irrelevant.

I realize that the risk that critical updates will be required for Xfce is
small; the question is whether someone is taking responsibility for
providing those updates in the unlikely circumstance that such updates are

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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