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  • #31
    If you want, you can already use Ubuntu as a rolling release...
    I'm doing this since lucid alpha 1 - currently my sources are set to natty which essentially makes it a rolling release (but you have to manually set the new sources whenever the new archive for the new/next release gets uploaded).

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    • #32
      Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
      Heh, Canonical|Mark is playing Microsoft
      http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Q4....473899D7D.html

      They will win some more marketshare with this. This is the sole reason Microsoft ever came to dominance, but I doubt it will work for Ubuntu...
      All things by side, microsoft's owner spent a lot of money on his OS, where canonical's owner barely anything past Unity, faster boot and software store. The first one might be the most hated man on the planet, but wtf.

      Features that I would expect from 11.04:
      - stability
      - huge investment in opensource drivers, especially printers, scanners, amd opensource stack. Patches to kernel to support lastest or exotic hardware and integrated system tool to discover such unsupported hardware.
      - X12 release support with separated optional network stack, gpu drivers completely moving into kernel, correct fullscreen opengl handling.
      - complete removal of anything *microsoft.
      - games library and linux game developers financial support.
      - improved package manager, based on portage+apt-get now with binary autonomous p2p package pool.
      - hal completely depricated(spent money to improve solid udev backend)
      - allows to pick several software profiles upon install depending on underlying hardware. No "editions" anymore.
      - allows you to pick the interface you want for each user on install or user creation.
      - switch to libreoffice.

      And all this in changelogs, not on the front page 6 months prior to release.

      I'd gladly pay 150? for this. Either pay, or get involved in development.

      Dreams, dreams, dreams ... NOT.

      No intention to start flamewar. Just personal opinion. Ignore this post please.

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      • #33
        Making Ubuntu a rolling release distro would be a bad idea in my opinion. Ubuntu markets itself as user friendly and a "just works" OS. I like rolling releases, but for something like Ubuntu it just doesn?t fit. Offer to keep individual applications updated and such.

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        • #34
          Tell us what you think of this change in the forums.
          Gut reaction: Ubuntu is doing what Ubuntu does best. Waiting to see what Warren and the Mepis Community do, then doing the exact same-thing but make it seem like it was Ubuntu's idea. Not really a big surprise that Mark suddenly started talking rolling-release up as Mepis hit release 11 alpha 3.

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          • #35
            sadly it was confirmed, that ubuntu WONT become a rolling release:

            http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11063422

            however, i suspect there are plans to improve the software center to the point where we would get more updated software.

            However the 6 month thing is not the best for vendors to keep up, would be better if they moved to yearly releases (maybe from 12.04 lts forward)

            word from a developer:
            http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...3&postcount=37

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            • #36
              Originally posted by dalingrin View Post
              This would be really great.
              Anyone who has used Arch linux without the Test repo knows that it easily as stable as Ubuntu.
              I have and it doesn't even come close. One word: fglrx.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Saist View Post
                Gut reaction: Ubuntu is doing what Ubuntu does best. Waiting to see what Warren and the Mepis Community do, then doing the exact same-thing but make it seem like it was Ubuntu's idea. Not really a big surprise that Mark suddenly started talking rolling-release up as Mepis hit release 11 alpha 3.
                He's been talking about daily builds for 5 years. Not a rolling release.

                FUD overload.

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                • #38
                  Is there anyone concerned that this daily update might not be stable enough for production environment? Hell, even their supposedly official releases are not stable enough for production environment the first half year after the release.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Elv13 View Post
                    Gentoo and Arch proved that rolling can be stable too for end users.
                    In many cases when I've read about weird bugs related to KDE software, the bugs were restricted to Arch Linux.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by KAMiKAZOW View Post
                      In many cases when I've read about weird bugs related to KDE software, the bugs were restricted to Arch Linux.
                      Should have been something about base system then. Arch likes upstream + maybe own logo, Gentoo is same + possible security patches(till they reach upstream).

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