Reason To Stay With Ubuntu 8.04

Cononical just released Ubuntu 8.10 otherwise know as Intrepid Ibex. It features the latest update from a series of releases from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 8.10 features the latest updates of Gnome,, a new Linux kernel, an Encrypted Private Directory, Guest Sessions, a new Network Manager, Samba and tabbed Nautilus file manager.

Is there a valid reason to stay with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron? One reason for staying with Ubuntu 8.04 is the Long Term Support or LTS.

Ubuntu LTS releases are scheduled releases with extended support services. The Ubuntu Desktop LTS is maintained for a period of 3 years, while the Server Edition LTS is maintained for a total of 5 years.

Standard Ubuntu releases generally receive 18 months of free updates. LTS releases doubles support period to 36 months or 3 years.

There are 6 monthly updates for the long term support cycle. They are primarily bug fixes and patches with occasional feature enhancements. An upgrade will be available when the LTS release is available.

Companies who want to deploy the Ubuntu to their desktops should seriously consider Ubuntu’s LTS releases for its stability and reliability.

In addition, Canonical provides a professional support team for those wanting an enterprise-wide type of support.

5 thoughts on “Reason To Stay With Ubuntu 8.04

  1. I can see that, however, for a desktop, especially just a general end user, the latest will usually have better hardware compatibility and updated software packages available such as openoffice, gimp, and IM clients. LTS is highly recommended for servers, but as far as the desktop go, I wouldn’t promote not using non LTS releases. The other aspect to consider through this also is, the more people using current versions, submitting bug fixes and creating packages, the better off future LTS releases will be.

    Good read.

  2. Joshua, you have a point. If more people use the standard releases, it will benefit LTS in future releases. There is a 2 year gap between releases with 1 year of overlap when two releases are both active at the same time. This will give organizations time to upgrade to the next LTS realease. It’s very well thought out!

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