People’s Complaints About Ubuntu’s Release Cycle

I find many people complaining about the six-month release cycle Ubuntu follows. What these people tend to overlook is the fact that Ubuntu releases an LTS, long-term service, version every two years. The LTS version has a longer support and is intended to be more stable than non-LTS releases. Unless you want the latest and greatest features Ubuntu has to offer, you can stick with the LTS release for 3 years while still receiving updates. A six-month release cycle can benefit any Linux distribution because it forces the developer to have a continuous goal to work towards and gives wanting users a new feature set in a fixed interval. Users not wanting the latest feature set can keep their version for the three year period it receives updates and aren’t forced to upgrade to the latest release.

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