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Ubuntu moving to daily downloads?

 8:34 am on Nov 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Jumpin' Meerkats! Ubuntu moving to daily downloads? [theregister.co.uk]

Ubuntu is moving away from its established six-month-cycle and potentially to a future where software updates land on a daily basis.

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth told press recently that a move to daily updates would help the popular Linux disto keep pace with an increasingly complex software and platform ecosystem as Ubuntu goes on more devices and syncs up Android and iPhones.

Software Center - barely a year old - is leading these changes, and Shuttleworth has promised this would "go further and faster than people might have envisioned in the past."

"Today we have a six-month release cycle," Shuttleworth said. "In an internet-oriented world, we need to be able to release something every day.



 11:23 am on Nov 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Ubuntu engineering director Rick Spencer has clarified Shuttleworth's remarks, saying that Ubuntu would NOT be moving to a rolling release.

Bummer. That's what I thought when I first read the title. They are moving to a faster availability of new package versions, but you won't be upgraded to new major releases silently.


 6:33 am on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

does this mean if you download 10.10 today that within a few days the 10.10 download on the website might have a few more bug fixes and updates?


 1:58 am on Nov 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

It should have critical patches already available within a few days, independent of this policy change. As far as I understand it, this policy change is that there won't be a fixed six months schedule anymore of new releases and version upgrades of packages, but that new and upgraded packages will become available faster.

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