Server packages and support time
berndth at gmx.de
Wed Jul 16 16:22:48 UTC 2008
I was just discussing a question concerning Ubuntu Server support time
in an Ubuntu forum, and was told that this list is probably the best
place to ask.
Ubuntu server edition is advertised with 5 years of support (security
updates), while the desktop edition features 3 years of support.
Now, since server and desktop edition share the same repositories, how
do I know whether my installation only consists of packages with 5 years
of support? Because, if I cannot know which ones have 5 and which ones
have 3, I basically have to assume 3 years.
In my case, I want to set up a local in-house subversion server. I would
think that the subversion packages have 5 years of support (but again, I
cannot really know that), so a minimal installation should be fine.
As a case study, let's say that unfortunately, our system admin is a
Windows guy. If I want to give him something remotely familiar and
install X and a desktop environment, I guess suddenly I cannot count on
5 years of security updates anymore. Again, I cannot know this for sure.
Or can I?
I was also given a the following link to another forum where this
question was asked, but the answer doesn't really make up for a good
argument when trying to convince our sysadmin of Ubuntu:
Any insight on this would be appreciated.
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