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  • phoronix
    started a topic Proposed: A Monthly Ubuntu Release Cycle

    Proposed: A Monthly Ubuntu Release Cycle

    Phoronix: Proposed: A Monthly Ubuntu Release Cycle

    There's been a proposal written today for a new Ubuntu release process. Under this proposed process, Ubuntu would abandon its traditional six-month release cycles in favor of monthly releases. Yep, once a month. The benefit of this proposal is that new Ubuntu features wouldn't be forced to land every six months but would land when the given feature is actually mature and ready. This is quite different from Ubuntu's current release process, but this proposal comes from Scott James Remnant, the former Canonical employee and Ubuntu Developer Manager...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTg5MQ

  • linuxforall
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    Originally posted by madjr View Post
    for some maybe you get lucky and find a ppa, but most of em you have to waste time trying to compile it yourself (if they actually compile) and there's no user friendliness in that..

    see bug here:
    Upgrading packaged Ubuntu application unreasonably involves upgrading entire OS
    All the relevant ppas get updated frequently, sometimes faster than so called rolling release distros.

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  • linuxforall
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    Originally posted by Alejandro Nova View Post
    I don't get why distros don't copy the Chakra model.

    1. Kernel, X, boot scripts and STRICTLY CORE stuff: they stick to STABLE versions, hammered until the end, working with everything. The versions you see of those packages in Chakra are not current, even old (GCC is at 4.5.3 with Chakra, Fedora 15 is at 4.6.1)
    2. Apps: they are updated, literally, TO THE MINUTE. Actually, if I enable the Testing repo, I can have a KDE release hours BEFORE the official announcement.
    3. Package Manager. The Chakra package manager, Appset-Qt, does not only manages packages; it manages INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE THOSE PACKAGES WORK. So, you always see a channel with those instructions when you open your package manager. That is PRICELESS and MUST BE COPIED BY EVERY DISTRO.

    Actually the more I use Chakra on my laptop, the more I am beginning to like it. Its stable unlike other rolling releases, updates and even dist upgrades are flawless when done properly. It needs good old fashioned text file editing for certain features and that might intimidate some but nothing thats hard to achieve. As a veteran Linux user from early days of Gentoo, Debian and now Ubuntu, Chakra will turn out to be a superb KDE tribute now that Canonical has withdrawn support for Kubuntu project. The rolling release model of Chakra is idea for the daily, casual and even serious enterprise user.

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  • Kivada
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    YES!!! A MILLION TIMES YES!!!

    Also, kill Unity, Gnome3 and KDE4!!!

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  • madjr
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    Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
    The same way you can manually update your app in WinXP, you can do the same thing YOURSELF in Ubuntu I don't see the difference.
    for some maybe you get lucky and find a ppa, but most of em you have to waste time trying to compile it yourself (if they actually compile) and there's no user friendliness in that..

    see bug here:
    Upgrading packaged Ubuntu application unreasonably involves upgrading entire OS

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  • linuxforall
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    I for one am very happy with LTS cycle and for latest software, I just add the relevant PPAs, also for cutting edge, one can always enable proposed backports as well.

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  • not.sure
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    How about a daily release and calling it "ubuntu sid". Why do people keep re-inventing wheels?

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  • Alejandro Nova
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    Chakra: the best release model.

    I don't get why distros don't copy the Chakra model.

    1. Kernel, X, boot scripts and STRICTLY CORE stuff: they stick to STABLE versions, hammered until the end, working with everything. The versions you see of those packages in Chakra are not current, even old (GCC is at 4.5.3 with Chakra, Fedora 15 is at 4.6.1)
    2. Apps: they are updated, literally, TO THE MINUTE. Actually, if I enable the Testing repo, I can have a KDE release hours BEFORE the official announcement.
    3. Package Manager. The Chakra package manager, Appset-Qt, does not only manages packages; it manages INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE THOSE PACKAGES WORK. So, you always see a channel with those instructions when you open your package manager. That is PRICELESS and MUST BE COPIED BY EVERY DISTRO.

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  • AnonymousCoward
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    Originally posted by vervelover View Post
    + 1 for the "update the core once every one-two years, and keep the apps up to date" solution. Like it's on every other non-linux operating system. You still get updated apps for win xp, come on.
    The same way you can manually update your app in WinXP, you can do the same thing YOURSELF in Ubuntu I don't see the difference.

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  • Otus
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    The important part of Scott James Remnant's proposal is not the monthly releases, but the process for keeping the development archive always in a working state. If the proposal was modified to have the releases still happen every six months (but betas every two weeks), I think most opposed to it would agree. I'd be fine with that variation.

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