Shuttleworth hints at later Ubuntu LTS
Mark Shuttleworth has suggested that the next Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu Linux may be delayed. The expectation was that the next LTS version would be 10.04, due for release in April 2010, but in an interview with derStandard.at, Shuttleworth says "The LTS will be either 10.04 or 10.10 - based on a conversation that is going on right now betweeen Debian and Ubuntu".
That conversation is about a "meta-release cycle" which would see the next Ubuntu and Debian releases synchronise their feature freeze dates. Part of the delay could be down to the incorporation of GNOME 3.0, which is due around Spring of 2010, around the same time as Ubuntu 10.04 is due. Ubuntu developers make regular six monthly releases which are supported with updates for eighteen months, but there are also LTS versions, such as Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, which are supported for three years, for the desktop version, and five years, for the server version.
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