Xubuntu and LTS?
jani at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 11 18:10:59 UTC 2008
> That'd be my typing. I know Xubuntu is not supported by Canonical, but
> it does receive security updates for a longer period. So, does that mean
> Xubuntu is an LTS and the text on xubuntu.org <http://xubuntu.org> is
> correct, or should I update the website?
In practice I do not think there have been more than a handful of
updates to Xubuntu apps which are not in Ubuntu, so I think it is
misleading to call it LTS. We do not guarantee that we fix Xfce,
Gnumeric, Abiword or other packages issues. It is usually better
supported than a regular release since base system and apps where most
security issues are found are taken care of.
We may need a better explanation but I think LTS implies Canonical paid
support is valid for the same period (someone needs to check) and that
is definitely not the case for Xubuntu yet.
This is why having more common apps with Ubuntu is great for users who
want more timely fixes after the release. And I think those users are
more important than those few who are interested in Xfce itself and are
more technically inclined. Those will install any app they wish instead
of the GNOME ones and accept the lack of features or integration because
it's their choice.
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