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Hi, I am new to linux mint having used Ubuntu and got tired of downloading,installing codecs and the associated problems that came up with the latest ubuntu version. I read in the a previous thread the basis for linux mint is still ubuntu....My question is for how long will each version be supported? Will support stop as soon as the ubuntu version from which linux mint was based stops?
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That's a good question, and perhaps a bit complicated. Hopefully someone from the Mint team sees this thread and chimes in. Here is my take on things. Most of the repositories for Mint Daryna are actually the same as those for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. When Canonical stops updating those repositories then in effect you would be cut off from some updates. What I don't know is just what exactly comes from the Mint repository, and for how long that is supported.
Atm it's HIGHLY unlikely that the ubuntu repositories shuts down. Ubuntu is the most popularf desktop-linux. If they do announce a shut-down for somewhat reason, I'm sure someone will step up and offer repository hosting for a long time.
If anything else fails, we can change the base to debian and use the debian repositories.
But yes, as a general rule, each version of mint is supported by updates as long as the ubuntu-version we use the repositories from is supported.
I read somewhere that Ubuntu essentially starts from scratch each version, starting with a clean slate so there will be zero compatibility between versions. Seems to me that they are continually re-inventing the wheel, I don't understand the point but seeing as how far they've grown in the last four years, I guess they know what they are doing.
On the brighter side, 8.04 will be supported for the next 18 months, so I guess Mint 5 will last that long too, should you wish it to.
@ BAD I really like your nick A StarTrek fan by any chance The main edition will definitely be supported (at least) as long as Hardy and I think we will at least try to make the KDE edition LTS. This has however also to do with how repos are updated and unfortunately Kubuntu does not have LTS so the result may be LTS for the Mint tools
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