Yet another draft post that I found recently. Yes, I’m still a fan of Ubuntu.
As many of my colleagues know, I’m a huge Debian fan. I love the stability and ease of package management. The primary thing I don’t like about Debian is it’s lack of a release schedule. Their attitude is, “We’ll release it when it’s ready.”
I don’t disagree with that attitude, Debian is a very impressive community-driven development project. If I was programming for such a project, I’d probably prefer the “release it when it’s ready” method.
Enter Ubuntu. Ubuntu is based on Debian, which means it shares its ease of package management. Ubuntu also has a release schedule. They plan to release a new version every 6 months, supporting it for 18 months (security patches, fixes for critical bugs that could cause data loss, and extra translations.) They also plan to have an Enterprise Release every 12 to 24 months (which will receive additional testing.) These Enterprise are supported for a longer period of time. The current LTS version is supported until 2015.