LinuxPlanet.com brought up a good debate if Ubuntu needs a longer release schedule. Ubuntu releases a new version every six months and a LTS or Long Term Support version every two years. Here’s my take on it. Like a little kid in a toy store, I always get excited when a new version of Ubuntu comes out. I’ve gone so far as even upgrading my desktop to a Release Candidate prior to the announcement.
Along with the excitement comes disappointment. Twice, I’ve had to revert to the previous versions due to bugs and problems with the latest Ubuntu release. The bugs are not always fixed in the first few days. Sometimes it takes months. At the moment, I’m still running 9.04. So, I’ll wait a few months before moving to 9.11. Dell and other hardware vendors also practice the same. Dell currently sells Ubuntu 9.04 versions on their website.
So, what do I recommend. I recommend Ubuntu switch to one a year release schedule. I know it seems like a long time between releases, but six months goes by really fast. If the development team takes their time to work out bugs and do more testing, then Ubuntu can really focus on delivering a great product with every release. Yearly is not as taxing as six months. A yearly release will also work hand in hand with the LTS version. It will be every other LTS release instead of 3 releases for every LTS release.