Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Re: Ubuntu 13.10 should be upgraded to LTS status

The amount of engineering and community effort required for such an
undertaking would be greater than it would take to just release 14.04
LTS as planned. Refugees can install the latest Ubuntu and then
upgrade, or Precise and then upgrade, and the most relevant challenge
we face is advising them which path is better.

LTS releases are not simply a matter of backporting packages for years
later, they must be aggressively planned ahead of time.

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM, Mark Rogers <[email protected]> wrote:
> [Moved here from bug 1245870]
>
> I believe that Ubuntu 13.10 should be upgraded to LTS status.
>
> Rationale:
> - Mir missed 13.10, and may not be sufficiently mature to put into
> 14.04LTS, although would be acceptable in a non-LTS release.
> - Windows XP ceases to get support after April 2014. Anyone looking to
> Ubuntu as an upgrade path currently has three choices:
> -- Install 13.10, which ceases to be supported only shortly after XP[1]
> -- Install 12.04 LTS, which is quite old (but currently the best choice)
> -- Wait until the last minute of XP support to install 14.04LTS,
> which may or may not work on the XP hardware and prevents any staged
> migration.
>
> Upgrading 13.10 to LTS status would make Ubuntu a viable choice to be
> really pushed out at XP users looking for an upgrade path, and clear
> the way for Mir development to take place without the LTS looming.
> Even if it is too late to "stop" 14.04 being considered LTS, I believe
> that the extra investment required to commit to LTS support for 13.10
> would help make Ubuntu a realistic option for XP refugees, of which
> there are many.
>
> Note 1: LTS is important for XP refugees because many (most?) of them
> will be supported in the migration by other Ubuntu users, often
> remotely. Getting them onto a stable platform is essential for turning
> them into long term Ubuntu users. 13.10LTS would be perfectly timed
> for XP users needing a migration path. Another opportunity like this
> won't arise for many years.
>
> NB: Having just subscribed to this list I am assuming this is on topic
> because I have been directed to post it here. Please be nice to me if
> I got that wrong...
>
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