[ubuntu-studio-devel] How would it be if we had fewer releases? Say, only one per year?

Kaj Ailomaa zequence at mousike.me
Tue Aug 26 16:31:53 UTC 2014

I was thinking today about the possibility of not releasing a new ISO
every 6 months, and instead focus more on the LTS releases. For example,
we could release only once every year, or once every two years, even.

But, what would this mean for Ubuntu Studio?

* Users would still be able to upgrade to a newer release, just not be
able to do a fresh install from ISO (since Ubuntu Studio is in fact just
another flavor of Ubuntu)
* We would still need to keep our packages up to date for every Ubuntu
vanilla release (so, in fact, we don't actually save much work)
* Instead of QA testing our ISO, we would need to QA test the upgrade -
as that would be the primary way to get the most recent release. This
could very well be more problematic than doing a fresh installation.
* We could focus more on backporting packages to the LTS release, though
this works best for packages that don't need the latest versions of its
dependencies. The kernel will be backported from now on, so a LTS user
will always have access to the latest kernel.
* In the end, the change might be more psychological, telling the user
to stick with their LTS releases.

Any opinions?

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