[ubuntu-uk] Business with Ubuntu

Tony Travis a.travis at abdn.ac.uk
Wed May 27 16:27:19 BST 2009

Alan Bell wrote:
> At this point in the cycle the 8.04 LTS has only a little more
> support time than the non LTS 9.04 so I would go Jaunty and be nice
> and new. Particularly for a desktop to get the notifications and
> UbuntuOne working

Hello, Alan.

I'm supporting a lot of Ubuntu systems running 8.04 LTS, but I'm not 
planning to upgrade until the next LTS release. In James' situation, I'd 
stick to LTS-only releases, otherwise the systems he builds will be more 
difficult to maintain. I use 8.04 LTS on servers, and desktops/laptops.

Before you all flame me, I'm not criticising using the latest Ubuntu 
releases on your own PC. I'm pointing out that if you have a lot of 
systems to support, an LTS-only policy is easier to manage. It would 
then be up to James' customers to decide if they want to upgrade to a 
more recent non-LTS Ubuntu release such as 9.04.

BYW, James, have you considered using "remastersys" to create 'product' 
recovery CD's for the systems you sell?


This works very well - I used "reconstructor" to remaster the official 
Ubuntu live/install CD before, but "remastersys" can be used to create a 
live/install CD or a live/backup CD from a system already installed onto 
your hard disk. You could offer the live/backup as a product recovery CD 
to restore the system to the same state it was in when it left the shop.


Dr. A.J.Travis, University of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition
and Health, Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9SB, Scotland, UK
tel +44(0)1224 712751, fax +44(0)1224 716687, http://www.rowett.ac.uk
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