The decision was made to stick to LTS bases. In other words the development team will be focused on the very same package base used by Linux Mint 17 for the next 2 years. It will also be trivial to upgrade from version 17 to 17.1, then 17.2 and so on. Important applications will be backported and we expect this change to boost the pace of our development and reduce the amount of regressions in each new Linux Mint release. This makes Linux Mint 17.x very important to us, not just yet another release, but one that will receive security updates until 2019, one that will receive backports and new features until 2016 and even more importantly, the only package base besides LMDE which we’ll be focused on until 2016.
altae wrote:Me too, I am also very pleased with the decision to stick to LTS releases. Snce Linux Mnt cannot be easily upgraded to a higher version number without reinstalling everything I have never understood why one should use the non LTS versions. I don't want to reinstall my os every 6 Months.
I don't think that's such a big deal. Windows takes a day to install from scratch with everything included. Mint takes 10 minutes (the basics), and then up to an hour to get updates and additions. With a nice set of scripts you don't have to sit there and herd the system, so you can do other useful things while the system is being restored. I set up all programs, databases, networking etc. this way.
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