[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Alan Bell alan.bell at libertus.co.uk
Fri Dec 2 09:00:54 UTC 2011

On 02/12/11 01:20, Ivan Wright wrote:
> I think they needed to move on and change style, we couldn't sit with a
> 1995 styled OS forever.
> What should be done is to do away with the six month development cycle,
> which is far too short for the amount of work needed on Unity. An 8-12
> month cycle would have been far better and allowed time for more bug
> fixes.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases 10.04 is a supported release to 2013 on 
the desktop and 2015 on the server. In April 2012 12.04 will come out 
which will be supported for 5 years. It has been 2 years to get Unity 
into a state where it can go into a release that will be supported for 5 
years. Ubuntu has a 6 month cycle, with a 24 month cycle on top of that. 
Various people have opinions on whether that is too long and there 
should be a rolling release, other people feel it is too short and 
should be a 12 month release, others feel it should be a "when it's 
ready" release cycle like Debian. There simply isn't one right answer to 
this, different projects and distributions have different release 
policies, Ubuntu has predictable releases every 6 months with an LTS 
every 24 months. In terms of allowing time for bug fixing, this cycle 
the builds are *much* better than last time. Precise is really quite 
use-able and functional, last time most of the accessibility testing was 
crammed into the end when it started working at all. I would encourage 
you to give Precise a test and file bugs (if you can't find any then try 
booting from a live CD, press Ctrl+S at the first installer screen then 
turn your monitor off and carry on using the screen reader).


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