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Ubuntu May Move To Rolling Releases 246

Posted by timothy
from the gathering-no-moss dept.
formfeed writes "The register claims that 'Ubuntu is moving away from its established six-month-cycle and potentially to a future where software updates land on a daily basis.' While this sounds like a sudden change, it is apparently more of a long-term thought. The Register quotes Shuttleworth: '"Today we have a six-month release cycle," Shuttleworth said. "In an internet-oriented world, we need to be able to release something every day. That's an area we will put a lot of work into in the next five years. The small steps we are putting in to the Software Center today, they will go further and faster than people might have envisioned in the past."' But given that many of Shuttleworth's thoughts became decisions later on, it might be interesting to see, where this one leads. Interestingly enough, five years is about the time when Ubuntu will run out of letters."
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Ubuntu May Move To Rolling Releases

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  • by maweki (999634) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:10AM (#34330528) Homepage
    Just add debian testing to your sources.list


    Or if you are really curious how it feel when your userland changes on a daily basis, add debian unstable...
  • by BadAnalogyGuy (945258) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:14AM (#34330572)

    It didn't work when you left it. It didn't work when you came back.

    That's pretty much the definition of stable.

  • by Smivs (1197859) <smivs@smivsonline.co.uk> on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:30AM (#34330772) Homepage Journal

    five years is about the time when Ubuntu will run out of letters.

    Looking forward to ZenBuddhist Zebra!

  • by IBBoard (1128019) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:43AM (#34330990) Homepage

    If you're talking about needing to "be able to release something every day" and you're talking about Ubuntu then the first few days are simple to sort, and I'm sure you could continue a pattern that would keep 90% of Ubuntu users happy:

    Day 1: Lighten purple in default background
    Day 2: Darken orange in default background
    Day 3: Darken purple (but not enough to be back to original shade of purple)
    Day 4: Put orange back to what it was
    Day 5: Make all window buttons red instead of red and grey
    Day 6: Put all window buttons back on the right side of the window
    Day 7: Add a clock widget that uses bold
    Day 8: Bundle a load of random pictures, slap Ubuntu logos on them and call them "The Ubuntu Desktop Pack" (see Gnome-Look.org for examples)
    Day 9: Change the cursor theme so that it turns into an Ubuntu logo when hovering over a title bar - that's a feature, right? ...

    Profit may be in there somewhere as well.

  • by b4dc0d3r (1268512) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @11:02AM (#34331326)

    They won't run out of letters, they're using Base64.

    Since *nix tends to be case-sensitive, they can re-use the first 26 names without collisions, and it will still be in version comparison order. Then I expect to see "0-day 0liphant" and so forth. By the time we get to the plus, minus, and equals, Canonical will have sponsored the naming of 3 newly discovered species such that they can finish the cycle. At 2 per year, that gets them to (04 + 32) = 2036. That's enough time for John Titor to come back from the future to fix the 2038 bug once and for all, along with the Ubuntu naming conventions hopefully.

    In other words, Don't panic.

  • by grking (965233) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @12:31PM (#34332952)
    Profit is definitely in there somewhere. M$ have been generating revenues from re-skinning their OS for years. The XP theme, the Vista theme, the Win7 theme...

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