Saturday, 6 May 2017

Rolling Release Ubuntu?

Hi all,

in this thread https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-x/2017-May/001278.html on ubuntu-x, it was suggested to move the rolling release discussion to ubuntu-devel. So, that's what I am doing hereby.

Can you please make Ubuntu a rolling release?

Most people only use the LTS versions and keep them updated with PPAs and backports.

So why even do releases in between (16.10/17.04./17.10 for example)?

You're doing a 16.10/17.04./17.10 release (which most users do not use anyway) and then in addition to that also backport lots of things to 16.04. So much wasted/duplicated effort. It would be much better if you would rather do one rolling release and concentrate on that one.

Just have one release and update it continuously.

Also, gaming on Linux becomes increasingly popular and a lot of games are targeted for Ubuntu and even game developers complain that Mesa is outdated on Ubuntu and so on.

People want up-to-date software and drivers.

Maybe now that you have changed directions and ditched Unity, maybe it would be a good time to also ditch the usual release cycle and go for a rolling release cycle?

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