Bug 0 review pls

Serge van Ginderachter serge at vanginderachter.be
Tue Jun 3 08:05:29 UTC 2008

----- "Brett Alton" <brett.jr.alton at gmail.com> wrote:

> > I am an Ubuntu user (both desktop and server platforms) and I want
> to
> > give my point of view. When I install a server with LTS I want to be
> > able to update bugs found in the software for the whole LTS-period.
> If
> > I install a new server (with fresh hardware) in the middle of an
> > LTS-period I want to be able to use the last released LTS-release
> and
> > upgrade drivers to support my new hardware that was not supported
> when
> > the LTS-release was first released. I do not want to install a
> normal
> > release just because the LTS-resease didn't support my hardware at
> the
> > release time (when for example my hardware was not manufactured
> yet).

> That makes a lot of sense. Almost all server users want to use the LTS
> version as their needs for the absolute latest and greatest is not as
> pressing as a desktop user's but the need for support is much higher.
> Only releasing LTSes might be a bit of a stretch (6.06 -> 8.04 ->
> 10.04) but if the point releases had more meaning behind them, like
> Anders said, supporting newer hardware, then releasing only LTSes
> might make more sense.
> This becomes more apparent when you realize that developers are
> supporting up to four (!) releases at the same time. Currently
> (Dapper, Feisty, Gutsy, Hardy). By the next LTS it will be five (!!)
> releases (Dapper, Hardy, Intrepid+1, Intrepid+2, Intrepid+3 LTS) [see
> http://www.markshuttleworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/ubuntu-release-cycle.png
> and then remember that Dapper is supported until
> 2011-06]. If they only released LTSes with major point upgrades then
> they would have to handle three releases at maximum.
> That sounds easy to me.

Let me throw in some post of a CentOS guy (Dag Wieers) which (rightfully, I think) points out some of the difficulties about supporting releases during a lot of years.


Now, I'm not sure what the point of this article exactly was, so I can't say I agree with the general tence of it, but let me repeat I just mention this article as extra info in this thread. He does put his finger on what is needed when one wants to support servers for enterprise environments.


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