upgrading to a new release?

clintin at linuxmail.org clintin at linuxmail.org
Mon Oct 11 02:22:58 UTC 2010

On Sunday, October 10, 2010 6:32:27 pm Rhys wrote:
>> The instruction at the website will tell me that before upgrading to 
>> a new release, we should keep my system up-to-date. But "up-to-date"
>> is a time-varying term, can I update my ubuntu10.04 netbook edition
>> to 10.10 at a later not so short  time ?

> Yes, you can but it is not a LTS release like 10.04 is or 8.04 was.  This 
> laptop was updated directly from the last LTS version (8.04) to 10.04.  
> Had I have gone the other way I would have had to go to 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 
> and then finally to 10.04 and now be thinking about 10.10.  10.04 will be 
> supported for a much longer time than 10.10 or even 11.04 will be.

Using the 8.04 to 10.04 example, both LTS releases.  8.04 was never updated
later releases of OpenOffice among other packages.  I tried an 8.04 to 
10.04 upgrade which throughly broke the system and I had to restore my 8.04
image.  IMO, the only place LTS really makes sense is for servers, not the 
desktop. LTS only really applies to security updates.  The latest release
of Ubuntu may have some issues in that it is not as well tested as LTS but
you will have all the latest packages (programs) plus new features not
available in the older LTS version.


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