Friday, 20 December 2013

Re: Ubuntu 13.10 should be upgraded to LTS status

On 19 December 2013 07:35, Mark Shuttleworth <> wrote:
> My recommendation to business users considering the move
> from XP to Ubuntu would be:
> * evaluate 13.10 for usability and performance on your hardware
> * evaluate 14.04 beta to refine your perspective
> * if Ubuntu meets your needs, move to large-scale installation two
> weeks after the 14.04 LTS release

Thanks Mark, I think that's as close to an "official" recommendation
as I'm going to get :-)

> Our focus for 14.04 LTS is stability, performance and key items
> like high-DPI support for modern displays.

Welcome focuses indeed, but not much use to a migrating XP user unless
they buy new hardware (which will come with Windows 8 and they'll
stick with that). Obviously we're looking at different markets (home
vs business) but the same will apply to at least the small businesses
I've supported in the past - the only reason they'll consider Ubuntu
is because it saves them replacing the hardware when several
"perfectly good" PCs go EOL at the same time because the OS expires.
If I can get them to Ubuntu (or *buntu) at that point then new options
open up when they do replace the hardware, but if the hardware gets
upgraded first it will go Windows and the opportunity is lost.

Mark Rogers // More Solutions Ltd (Peterborough Office) // 0844 251 1450
Registered in England (0456 0902) 21 Drakes Mews, Milton Keynes, MK8 0ER

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