Now UDS-1303 Tuesday is through, I’d like to recap on a couple of the sessions I watched on Google+ Hangouts.
Rolling Release discussion (+1 maintenance beyond April)
Interesting discussion which included some of the System76 folks that basically said that the Ubuntu release schedule works fine for their clients. They ship the latest LTS, 12.04, and the current stable release, 12.10. They pointed out that each release of Ubuntu has been a clear improvement over the previous release (phew!), and were looking forward to the upcoming Raring Ringtail. Very compelling to hear straight from the OEM vendors – they have been shipping Ubuntu for the past fifteen (yes, that’s 15!) releases.
Rick Spencer outlined the idea to keep LTS releases and focus on daily quality with monthly pulses. I think this is an interesting concept in relation where Ubuntu is as a platform. If this idea had been discussed around the days that I started as an Ubuntu user (Intrepid Ibex era), the daily quality was just not there. It was more of a sentiment to encourage users not to use the development build until the later alpha snapshots, or even beta releases.
These days I’ve been using the Quantal and Raring dailies with minimal disruption, essentially my desktop and laptops feel like a normal (release) install. It’s just that updates are much more frequent and I’m using the latest available version of the software.
Loco discussion (LoCo community – what’s next?)
Another interesting discussion was the concept of approved and unapproved LoCo teams. I’m a member of the Australian LoCo, which is currently approved. As Jono stated in the session, I think there’s less of a need for approved LoCo teams now. The main benefit of being an approved LoCo is that, historically, LoCos would be sent CD’s/DVD’s, stickers and other Ubuntu merchandise around releases and conferences. This isn’t particularly sustainable to send a pack to all approved LoCos each release, and arguably more people are using other media like USBs to install Ubuntu.
The other concern was the labelling and divide of LoCo teams. It should be noted that being an unapproved team doesn’t make you any less important than an approved LoCo. At the end of the day, LoCos will be recognised for the work that they do, supported by Planet Ubuntu blog posts, pictures of events (release parties, conference talks, Ubuntu Hours, Ubuntu Global Jam sessions) and team reports.
Thoughts on the first online UDS
On the whole, I think it went quite fine. I think if the LTS release structure is continued, I think a physical week-long UDS would be appropriate at least once through the LTS cycle. It’s also a positive bonus that everything is logged and the sessions are available once the session ends for people that have missed the session. These short UDS place a focus on detailed discussion, though if anything is missed, we’ll be able to revisit it again at the next UDS in a few months or on ubuntu-devel.
It would have been nice for Mark Shuttleworth to comment on the rolling release session. Although sabdfl’s ideas were probably similar to those of Rick Spencer, the nature of Ubuntu has always been LTS every two years and normal releases every six months.