Ubuntu update policy change is probably a good thing
Dec 28, 2010, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Reed)
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"Despite some premature reports on the net, Canonical isn't
moving to a rolling release schedule for Ubuntu. However, the
organisation is open to making some changes to the way that some
software packages are updated. It's seems likely that a mechanism
that supports the adding of up to date application packages outside
of the normal software repository updates is probably on the cards,
and I'd say that it's about time.
"Ubuntu's six month release schedule allows Canonical to ensure
stability and means that organisations know that they are getting a
reliable and predictable system. The snag is that updates to
software applications tend to be mere bug fixes and security
updates. This means that users who only use the official method to
update their system have been left stuck with outdated software.
Sometimes this is a big deal, as having to make do with a six month
old version of Firefox, for example, makes the Linux desktop seem
unwieldy compared to Windows."