Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Watchers of Ubuntu On Air, Ubuntu’s series of public Google Hangouts that detail some of the behind the scenes happenings, were greeted with some extremely interesting information. This information could potentialyl lead to the biggest (only) departure in the Ubuntu release model ever, and align it with Linux die-hard favorites such as Arch.
Canonical Kernel Team Manager Leann Ogasawara had this to say during the Hangout:
We were talking about this idea of a rolling release, and by 14.04 to talk about going from LTS to LTS, getting rid of these interim releases.
The benefits and drawbacks of a rolling release is something that is perpetually argued within the community, but this is the first time that a community leader and Canonical team member has ever put anything into the concrete mixer. Serious talks about putting a new distribution model in place as soon as 14.04 is serious and might be an idea that we should start getting used to now rather than later.
If anything, I’ll be excited because it will be that less often that I need to backup my home directory and move it to a new installation.
What do you guys think? Is a rolling Ubuntu a bad idea, or is it long overdue?