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Ubuntu Releases 13.04, Sticks To 6-Month Release Rhythm 177

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from the 'cause-that's-how-they-roll-or-rather-don't dept.
Barence writes "Ubuntu has shelved the idea of moving to rolling releases, and will continue to release a new version every six months. Earlier this year, Ubuntu developers discussed the idea of moving to rolling releases, with new features added to the OS as and when they were ready. However, In an interview with PC Pro, Canonical CEO Jane Silber said the developers had taken a 'cold, hard look at our long-standing practices' and decided to stay with twice-yearly releases. It has, however, cut support on non-LTS releases from 18 to nine months." Today, the Ubuntu team have released the latest iteration of Ubuntu, 13.04 ("Raring Ringtail"), along with variants like Kubuntu 13.04.
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Ubuntu Releases 13.04, Sticks To 6-Month Release Rhythm

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  • Yay! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kthreadd (1558445) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @10:52AM (#43546127)

    It's been very nice to follow Ubuntu. Few other distributions have been better at making Linux available for so many. Congratulation Ubuntu. Well done!

  • Seed the Torrents! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by i.r.id10t (595143) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:07AM (#43546291)

    Even if you don't use Ubuntu, seed the torrents for a few hours. It is one way we can all contribute to Open Source - no dev skills, documentation skills, etc. required!

  • by magic maverick (2615475) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:17AM (#43546389) Homepage Journal

    I for one don't like a lot of change. Esp. when I have to change every nine months, and accept whatever change comes up. I got 10.04 running really nicely on an old computer, and I was happy. Esp. when I read about Unity (and now that I've tried Unity, I have to say I'll stick with Gnome).

    And now 12.04 is almost setup perfectly (a few issues I'm working on, I'll get there), and I'm not aiming on changing for years.

    One reason is that once something is working, I know it is working. But, if I have to update, it's likely to break something. Whether I do a fresh install or not.

    Cheers.

  • by Nemyst (1383049) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:47AM (#43546689) Homepage
    Perhaps because, if it weren't for Ubuntu, all those distros wouldn't have access to many things Ubuntu has done, like Steam or better drivers from hardware makers. Like it or not, Ubuntu's reach has caused many software developers to take note and port just a bit more to Linux. Just for that, even if you don't like their practices, you should at least acknowledge them and thank them.

    In many ways, I see Ubuntu and Mozilla in similar positions. Not the latest fad, but always there to provide a balance.
  • Loving the Haters (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:47AM (#43546691)

    Look, say what you will about Unity and the spyware and tie-ins to advertising. I'll probably agree with most of what you say.

    But you all act like THAT'S ALL THAT UBUNTU IS.

    First of all, Canonical has built a stable, reliable platform with wide 3rd party software vendor support. This is something to be admired and respected.

    Second, ALL of the UI changes and tie-ins that people are complaining about are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL.

    It's as if these folks have never heard of the netboot minimal CD. You do realize you can choose to install whatever desktop GUI you want, right? And never even install Unity in the first place, right?

    OK OK bitch and moan about Mir - it was in my opinion a good decision to allow for easier access to OpenGL, which is being used more and more in end-user UIs. And besides - you don't have to use it.

    For Desktop users, I still recommend Mint, but let's not all bash on Ubuntu and pretend like it's some Apple-like walled garden that forces its corporate partners on you. If all you know how to do is download the standard ISO and install, then you get what you pay for (NOTHING). If you take the time to actually KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING, you can avoid these things completely and wind up with a much more customized and personal system.

    Just my 2.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:54AM (#43546757)

    I think the spyware has been a radioactive enough issue that any derivatives are going to make a point of cutting it out.

    A good distribution will be based on good thinking. And the right way to approach the problem is to ask: what users are asking for spyware?

    The answer is: none.

    If the answer had been yes, then the next question would be: which of their use cases are addressed by the spyware?

    The answer would still be: none.

    Windows and Mac OS X are places where decisions to oppose the interests of users, are weighed based on how "radioactive" it is, where all strategies are variations on the theme: to exactly what level should our conflict with our users should be escalated? Tuning that level of conflict escalation, is what these companies do. It is why they exist. That is how Apple decides whether or not to release the iNextThing.

    That Ubuntu transition to there, starting from Debian (where strategies are optimized to maximize totally different values), is amazing.

  • by geek (5680) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @11:58AM (#43546789) Homepage

    Red Hat's contribution far out weighs Ubuntu's. I also hardly think Steam came because of Ubuntu. Steam came because of Microsoft. Ubuntu just happened to be the flavor of the month. If not Ubuntu it would have been openSUSE or something else.

  • by magic maverick (2615475) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:20PM (#43546989) Homepage Journal

    Let me list the ways:
    1) Debian was too much work (Ubuntu, an African word meaning "I couldn't get Debian to work properly").
    2) I really like apt-get.
    3) Ubuntu works (mostly, after some fiddling).
    4) The LTS won't change much and so is going to be stable.
    5) Fuck RPM. Also, Emacs sucks, and so does your haircut.

  • We hate success! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sgage (109086) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:35PM (#43547117)

    Let's just face it, here in Linux Land, if any distro achieves a measure of success, we just hate it! It is as night follows day.

    The majority of the hate-posts here betray a deep lack of knowledge of what's going on with Ubuntu. All they know is that it's cool to hate Ubuntu, good for your geek cred.

    This is nothing new with Ubuntu - it's been true since the dawn of Linux and distros. I'm not sure why it is, but it's appears to be some basic human social-driven flaw.

    Ubuntu has done a helluva lot for Linux, and people who don't understand that haven't been using Linux for very long. They claim to want Linux to "succeed", but as soon as it begins to, they pile on. Because it's not exactly what THEY want. It's pathetic, disgusting, and discouraging.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @01:04PM (#43547421)

    That's funny, son. I guarantee I'm older than you, as are the majority of my friends, and we're all pretty avid gamers.

    Your choice of hobby has nothing to do with your age. Apparently you didn't grow up as much as you thought.

  • by 0123456 (636235) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @01:19PM (#43547553)

    I'm not sure why this is modded 'insightful'.

    People used to love Ubuntu, because it was Linux that 'just worked'. It was only when Ubuntu pushed Unity and other such nonsense that we all started switching to saner distros and stopped recommending Ubuntu to our non-techie friends.

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