The Ubuntu release cycle

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From its outset Ubuntu project has been committed to a regular release cycle and has managed to deliver on that commitment without fail. It is the regularity and reliability of these releases that makes Ubuntu a great option for users and businesses who can plan upgrades and new installs with a reliability that is very unusual in the operating system market. This diagram gives our long term commitment to releases and demonstrates the key difference between a Long Term Support release and our standard releases.

LTS Desktop and Server

Long Term Support releases for desktop and server. There are deployment platforms with wide hardware and software support and ideal or individuals and businesses making a longer term investment in Ubuntu

Standard release

These are the 6 monthly release that contain the best of the new from the Open Source and commercial worlds and suited to users happy to upgrade regularly.

Point Release

These are 6 monthly updates to the long term support cycle. These are primarily bug fixes and patches with occasional feature enhancements that maintain the integrity of the release over a long cycle. The point releases continue up to the next LTS release which then offers an obvious upgrade path for users

LTS Server

This is the extended support period for server.


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6 Responses

  1. slumbergod says:

    The next release will be interesting, even if it is an LTS. I certainly won’t be rushing to install it after the issues I’ve had with the last two releases. It’s one thing to have a regular release schedule; it’s another to release overly buggy versions regularly.

  2. chad says:

    I have to agree mostly with you, slumbergod. Though for me 9.04 wasn’t bad but 9.10 has been the worst release compared to the last few. I am thinking about reinstalling 9.04 while trying other distros, which I haven’t done in a few years since finding Ubuntu.

    If 10.04 isn’t an improvement I am not so sure that Ubuntu is going to go anywhere. While it has made great strides, being very buggy isn’t going to take over the competition.

  3. David says:

    Surprised to read that, I have Karmic K. and on my side it’s all right. No problem, bug fixed with my Laptop…

    It’s the best Ubuntu release I’ve never used…

    I’m not a linux friendly user I don’t code and use linux commands…

    I think I will update next year.
    Ubuntu is getting more and more simple for simple users. Hope it will continue in this way.

  4. Steve P says:

    I’m afraid I have to add my voice to that of slumbergod.
    Ubuntu 9.10 only works on one of my 3 machines (the 64-bit is OK, the notebook & netbook not/very not OK).
    I hate to say this to my friends – but until the next 10.x stable release, I am revisiting XP. The experience is unpleasant but it works.

  5. Vl@ says:

    9.10 is in my experience the worst release I have ever experienced. I have been with the Ubuntu since the 7.04, but 9.10 is the first one that has:
    1. Crashed the whole core and rebooted itself spontaneously while working with a regular app (Open Office)
    2. Crashed apps that were working in previous releases
    3. Died by crashing into rebooting and I could not boot again

    So, I have installed the Intrepid Ibex and I am staying with that

  6. damned says:

    I have been using ubuntu from the 6.06 version wich was very good and currently am on the Jaunty 9.04 running it on laptop so it is good despite the problem with sis graphics driver more acuratly the lacking of it (my lap top is pretty old Ibuddy series with 512 ram 20 G hdd and sis graphics)but generaly god and stable havent crashed even once, havent tried the 9.10 or the 10.x version cuz i am w8ing for the april 2011 release cuz i’ve read some where that will be LTS and having a good exp with the the Drake wich was lts i am w8ing for it. So my question si will it be LTS or not?

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