Originally Posted by snowpine
Don't act so surprised: Ubuntu was my first distro, and I have thousands of posts on UbuntuForums. That being said, I no longer use or recommend Ubuntu (for a variety of reasons). Rather, my previous post was defending the 6-month release cycle (used by several of the top distros: Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, etc.) for home/media/projects/games/education, as I feel the concept is often unfairly maligned on the forums. People forget that the 6-month cycle was Ubuntu's original "killer feature" that gave it the edge in popularity over Debian, for casual users. Once I got into the mindeset that my operating system is a disposable consumer product with a 6-month planned obsolescence, it was actually very liberating, and gave me confidence to tackle risky intermediate projects, because I knew I would be reinstalling a blank slate in another few months no matter what.
Ubuntu wasnt my 1st distro, but I've got a couple of thousand posts on the ubuntu forums as well. Not that I'd ever go back now.
The 6 month cycle isnt all bad, for some users anyway. Its the current canonical policy of only providing 9 months support is what I have the biggest issue with.
It means that anyone who is using a non-LTS release needs to upgrade through the whole cycle (no 'skipping' releases as is possible with fedora) and worse yet there is only 3 months between the new point release and end of life for the last.
Its fine for a technically minded user who doesnt care if there is breakage on dist-upgrading, for mosty users its way overkill. After all, depending on what figures you want to believe, 30%+ of computer users run winXP.....
I disagree on the idea that '6-month cycle was Ubuntu's original "killer feature"' idea. IMO it was jockey. I rememebr seeing lots of 'dont even try debian, you'll never get the nVidia drivers installed, just use ubuntu its debian 'fixed' anyway' forum and blog posts from the 2004-2008 period.
Originally Posted by Timmi
Indeed it is. I was talking about Mint and LXLE, not lxde. see LXLE.net
LXLE = lubuntu with tweaks.
I wouldnt trust it as far as I can throw it. Lxde on 12.04 only gets 18 months support....so it is by no means an 'LTS' like claimed on the LXLE site.
Its possible that LXLE is supporting the Lxde packages after the 18 months is over. That is even worse, if they were doing that they should have talked to the lubuntu team, etc..