[ubuntu-uk] What's In A Name?

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Mon Jun 13 10:48:08 UTC 2011

I think the year.month release numbers are very useful... if somebody says
to me "I have OS-Something Version 1.5" I have absolutely NO idea whatsoever
whether that release is bleeding edge or deprecated.  If I read "Ubuntu
11.04" I know that is up-to-date: on the other hand, if I have somebody
saying "can you help me with my Ubuntu 7.10 because it won't mount my memory
stick?" I don't even have to think before saying "That's almost 4 years old,
I think you might need to upgrade to a more recent release!!".

No, I think the numbering system works well, and I would like to see it

As for development codenames, they exist in most operating systems.  As
others have said, you can't create a YY.MM release number until you know
when it is going to go live, though with Ubuntu that's SLIGHTLY less of an
issue because of the strict six-monthly release cycle.

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