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Ubuntu considers “huge” change that would end traditional release cycle (ars technica)

Ubuntu considers “huge” change that would end traditional release cycle (ars technica)

Posted Feb 6, 2013 22:20 UTC (Wed) by Baylink (guest, #755)
Parent article: Ubuntu considers “huge” change that would end traditional release cycle (ars technica)

And I read this piece, and the comments after it, and I have the same reaction I had to Mozilla declaring "Major releases only, now, every few weeks"...

Is there a System Administrator in the house?

Cause the reasons why we freeze releases are quite clear to me, and anyone else who ever has to manage a couple *hundred* machines (much less 30,000), and we (I) find it mind-boggling that they're not clear to everyone else, either.

You play games with release configuration management practices, and what you're doing is making it impossible for professional sysadmin types to practically test your new release to make sure it won't bomb their users machines when they deploy it.

If anyone wants to know why Linux *still* can't make any inroads on the desktop at any kind of real scale? This schidt's it, right here.


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Ubuntu considers “huge” change that would end traditional release cycle (ars technica)

Posted Feb 7, 2013 5:53 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

This is strange because we are managing more the 30'000 desktops here and this change makes perfect sense to us. I mean: to nicely integrate new release of Linux in our system, test it with all the hardware supported, etc we need 3-4-6 month thus non-LTS versions were never even considered so what's the point of ever providing them? Rolling releases will provide newer software for the rare cases where it's really needed (and if newer software is needed campus-wide you can always use a backport).


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