Upgrading in Ubuntu

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed May 9 13:08:06 EDT 2007

"Tommy Trussell" <tommy.trussell at gmail.com> writes:

> I believe the Ubuntu practice is to put a stake in the ground on a
> rigid schedule, so once that date passes, nothing in the release
> changes EXCEPT for security updates. The mechanism for getting
> non-security updates into a release is through Backports, and if the
> Debian source package compiles cleanly in Feisty (or Edgy or whatever)
> then it can get into Backports.

Actually, 2.0.5 WAS a security-related release.  That's how I
was able to convince Thomas to update the Debian version, too,
even after the Debian cutoff date.

> This has caused all sorts of friction with the developers of some
> fast-moving packages and with users who expect to be able to upgrade
> to the latest version AND have it happen through the official
> repositories.

Not surprising.


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