Status of Xubuntu Support

Jani Monoses jani.monoses at
Thu Jan 11 11:55:33 UTC 2007

The term supported is vague and this leads to misunderstandings.

The dev quoted by Cody, heno (Henrik Nilssen Omma) was right:
xubuntu is supported by sharing the same archive as the 3 main variants, 
  by having its developers in MOTU and/or ubuntu-core-dev, by providing 
ISO build facilities and not least by 'unofficial' good will from many 
canonical devs who take xubuntu issues in consideration when working on 
u/k/edubuntu specific stuff.

What it does not mean is financial backing from Canonical apart from 
bandwidth and the implicit developer time their employees spend on 
Xubuntu specific stuff. So no 24/7 commercial support for customers or 
pressed CDs.

And this makes a lot of sense from their POV as long as xubuntu has a 
relatively small community (distrowatch is a misleading metric) and they 
want to keep focused.

So having daily images by no means makes xubuntu supported. For instance
those dailies could be broken AFAIK since there are no people testing 
them regularly.That would be risky to support.

The best way you can make xubuntu better is by contributing your time 
and not wait for canonical or someone else to bear all the costs.

I hope this clears it up.


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