new to linux based O.S. -- difference between Ubuntu gutsy, hardy, intrepid, jaunty
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so there aren't any characteristics different between them, it's just that different releases have different names?
The newer versions of Ubuntu (or any distro) will have a newer kernel, xorg, gcc, and programs that run on them. Ubuntu 8.04 is a LTS (long term support) version. This means that it will be supported with security updates untill April 2011. The programs will only get security updates though. If you want the latest and greatest versions of those programs, then go with the newest version of Ubuntu. The non-LTS versions of Ubutnu (eg, 8.10) are supported for 18 months.
Ubuntu 9.04 will be out in 24 days. Ubuntu releases new versions every 6 months.
Ubuntu 8.04 is a LTS (long term support) version. This means that it will be supported with security updates untill April 2011.
. . . on the desktop, as a server it is supposed to be (security) supported until April 2013.
Originally Posted by tommcd
The programs will only get security updates though. If you want the latest and greatest versions of those programs, then go with the newest version of Ubuntu.
An important distinction -- security patches vs. new versions, i.e. backports: When Warren Woodford decided to base MEPIS 6 on Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS (the 1st 'buntu LTS) repositories, many of his users, who didn't understand the distinction, were disappointed when there were no backports of newer versions of packages like OpenOffice.org.