Elyssa vs Ubuntu 8.04: Long Term Support

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Elyssa vs Ubuntu 8.04: Long Term Support

Postby kilou on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:51 am

Hi,

I'm new to Linux Mint and really enjoy Elyssa on my laptop. However one thing I like about Ubuntu 8.04 is the fact it's an LTS release with support until 2011. Is there such a thing as LTS with Linux Mint? I know that Elyssa us based on Ubuntu 8.04 and uses the same repositories so it's a kind of LTS too....but what about the linux mint repositories? Will these be still available for Elyssa in let's say 2 years?

Could be potentially a problem for me because I prefer sticking to LTS release and avoid upgrading every 6 months. I know it's fast to reinstall linux but my system is heavily tweaked and it takes quite some time to do that all over again after each release.

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Re: Elyssa vs Ubuntu 8.04: Long Term Support

Postby zachalekos on Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:31 am

Taken from:

http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_elyssa.php

12. LTS aspects

Linux Mint 5 Elyssa is built on top of the Ubuntu Hardy Heron package base. Hardy is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, meaning that it will be supported and it will receive security and package updates for the next 3 years.

Starting with Elyssa, Linux Mint will consider two of its releases "current": The latest release, and the latest LTS release. Basically, this means that innovations put into Linux Mint 6, Linux Mint 7 and Linux Mint 8 will be backported into Linux Mint 5 until the next LTS release comes out. Users will have a choice to stay current over the next 2 years by keeping Linux Mint 5 Elyssa, or by following the latest releases every 6 months.

Although Linux Mint isn't a rolling distribution an LTS strategy will be put in place to ensure that Linux Mint 5 Elyssa will stay up to date over the next 2 years. Users will have the choice to enable the backport repository for Elyssa in which upgrades for important desktop applications (Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice..) will be made available.
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Re: Elyssa vs Ubuntu 8.04: Long Term Support

Postby kilou on Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:24 am

Well this pretty much answers my question :) Thanks a lot
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