[conspire] Ubuntu 6.06 LTS "Dapper Drake" has been released
daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Thu Jun 1 12:09:23 PDT 2006
On Thu, 01 Jun 2006 10:29:07 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> My friend Karsten Self maintains a "Linux" page, pitched at the general
> public, that has many virtues, especially in its section that explains
> the landscape of Linux distributions. (It's also ended up, predictably,
> too long and too verbose. <sigh> But don't they always?)
> The mail forwarded below was my effort to help Karsten improve his page,
> by filling in its gaps -- and I figured it might be of public interest,
> ----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick> -----
> Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 09:20:17 -0700
> From: Rick Moen <rick>
> To: Karsten Self <karsten>, Karsten Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com>
> Subject: Re: Your distros page's Ubuntu FIXMEs
> I wrote:
>> has some FIXMES.
>> Platforms: FIXME
>> Platforms are i386, x86-64, and PPC. All "products" (and editions
>> thereof) listed below are available and first-class citizens on each
>> CPU platform.
>> Products: FIXME
>> Products are:
>> o Stable release, at approx. 6 month intervals.
>> o Rolling development platform. In the past, this has been based
>> on periodic snapshots of Debian-unstable. Unverified talk
>> suggests the latter practice may cease as no longer needed.
In favor of what? That doesn't make a lot of sense.
>> o Ubuntu-server: Separate, 5-year support scale. Appears to include
>> a minimal GNOME destkop by default.
That must be new, as -server did not previously install X by default.
>> The "products" picture is complicated by the fact that the ISOs of the
>> stable release are put out in multiple "edition" flavours (with
>> different metapackages atop the shared Ubuntu core OS, _plus_ the fact
>> that each such edition is published both as an installable ISO and as a
>> live-CD ISO:
>> o "Ubuntu" image: This is the shared core plus metapackage
>> "ubuntu-desktop", which is basically GNOME.
>> o "Kubuntu" image: This is the shared core plus metapackage
>> "kubuntu-desktop", which is basically KDE.
>> o "Xubuntu" image: This is the shared core plus metapackage
>> "xubuntu-desktop", which is xfce4 plus a few things, stressing
>> gtk2 applications. NOTE: This is not yet a full sibling of
>> the other flavours, being still a bit beta-ish but is intended
>> to be thus as of Dapper Drake, the release recently rescheduled
>> to June 2006 (which would make it release 6.06, if it is released
>> as scheduled).
>> o "Edubuntu" image: This is the shared core plus metapackage
>> "edubuntu-desktop", which is assorted software for sub-18-year
>> users. It's vaguely GNOME-ish.
>> It should be noted that these "editions" are strictly a CD-packaging
>> artifact. You could start with an installable image of any of the four
>> above, install it, then do "sudo apt-get install" of the other three
>> metapackages: The resulting system would be identical, regardless of
>> which "edition" image you started with.
Almost: The settings in /etc/alternatives may vary, as may other files
that are not directly managed with debconf.
>> In short: Single, unified distribution. Available as slightly
>> different-looking slices of a single cake, differing only in icing --
>> and with additional slices readily available (one apt-get command away,
> So, you'll probably have noticed that Dapper Drake shipped today (on
> schedule). All five of the "editions" cited above (Ubuntu, Kubuntu,
> Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Server) were included. The release version
> string is "v. 6.06 LTS": The "LTS" part stands for "Long Term Support"
> -- five years of free security updates and (optional, a la carte)
> commercial techincal support on the server, and three years for the
> As always, the numerical part of the version string wasn't official
> until release day, because it's an encoded form of the release
> 6 . 06
> | |
> | -- June (6th month)
> ------ 6th year of 21st century CE
> (They admit that this scheme will break in 2100, but figure they'll burn
> that bridge when they come to it.)
Not necessarily. 2006 is also the 6th year of the 3rd millennium, so it
would still fit the pattern to have a 100.10 version in October of 2100.
> Also worth noting: My explanation of "editions" (above) and my attempt
> to correlate it to your page's concept of "product" is strictly
> heuristic, a bit dubious, and reflects no knowledge whatsoever of
> Ubuntu's official structure. However, this Colin Watson wiki page (just
> now found via LWN, not yet grokked by yr. humble and caffeine-deficient
> correspondent) talks about Ubuntu "seeds" (key metapackages) and will
> probably improve my understanding and yours:
> Hope that helps.
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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