Xubuntu LTS proposal

Lionel Le Folgoc mrpouit at ubuntu.com
Sun Dec 11 13:10:18 UTC 2011


Thanks for working on this topic.

On Wed, Dec 07, 2011 at 05:27:08AM -0600, Micah Gersten wrote:
> So, as discussed around UDS time, we need to make an official request
> for Xubuntu to be labeled as an LTS release.
> Here are what I think we can sanely commit to:
> 3 yr LTS
> Milestone image testing i386/amd64 (including point release updates post
> release)

That's fine to me, as long as people are able to provide testing for so
much time (either milestone image or stable release updates).

> Best effort High/Critical bug fixes

We already do something like that (I can roughly define our current way
as: "Remember to fix important bugs in older releases when we have time
and didn't forget about them because someone has used the 'nominate for
release' button on Launchpad or because many people are complaining on
forums or mailing lists").

I'm not sure that users are happy with it though, i.e. if they feel that
there's no support after a release, or that updates take so much time to
be distributed that they had to rely on PPAs (and so we've lost testers
for stable release updates).

> Best effort security fixes for Xfce related packages

There have been very few bugs flagged as security issues in Xfce
(CVE-2007-3770 and CVE-2011-1588 are the only recent ones I'm aware of
-- also the disputed CVE-2009-4996), so I agree we can commit to that

> This would be made easier if Xubuntu Precise would be aligned with
> Debian for their Wheezy release with the same base Xfce version.  With a
> proposed March 2012 release date for 4.10, it's possible that Debian
> could move to that release before their freeze during the summer.

Due to the reduced number of active Xfce developers, their release
schedule isn't very reliable… That's why I didn't want to target 4.10
for precise (Debian has 2 or 3 extra months before their freeze). Now if
many people here think the opposite, I don't want to prevent them from
working on that goal, we can still go for it. That might imply a buggy
release though, with bugs fixed by lots of -proposed/-updates uploads
shortly after (similar to what is done for other parts of Ubuntu ;-).

> Comments?
> Thanks,
> Micah


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