"Something I haven't discussed much over the years is Ubuntu's
usefulness on servers. The original idea behind Ubuntu was to take
Debian, a super-stable distribution that's always had more success
on servers than desktops, and polish it up for desktop use, with
easier installation and configuration and a quick, regular release
"That Debian heritage still underlies the project, though, and
for a few years now Ubuntu has been trying to target the server
market as well. I still run Debian on my servers, and the main
reason is the release cycle. I don't have any servers that need to
be updated every six months, so the LTS releases are the only ones
that I'd feel comfortable running.
"While you're meant to be able to upgrade directly between LTS
releases, skipping all of the six-monthly releases between them, I
have to wonder just how much time and effort goes into testing that
upgrade path, with the constant time pressures that the developers
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