[sf-lug] meeting update -- what happened yesterday
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Aug 7 18:55:08 PDT 2006
Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):
> In the face of Rick's finger-waving, okay, I'll continue to carry them
> around with me until I myself get copies of 6.x.
Honestly, Ubuntu 5.10 "breezy badger" isn't so bad: It's only nine
months out of date. I keep encountering people who say they want to
install RH9(!) My rule of thumb is that any distro release more than
one _year_ old is conclusively too old.
This is why I write the release date on Linux install media I burn for
people, and include that information on
http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/installfest/#distros . However, Ubuntu
makes it easy:
5 . 10
| -- month
------ year within the 21st century
Thus, 5.10 was released in October 2005.
Releases thus far:
4.10 "warty warthog": October 2004
5.04 "hoary hedgehog": April 2005
5.10 "breezy badger": October 2005
6.06 "dapper drake": June 2006
If the current development branch, "edgy eft", is released on schedule,
it'll become v. 6.10. If not, not.
I can think of three reasons why installing an obsolete set of distro
media is (a bit) bad:
1. Security. Obviously, you can compensate, but it takes effort.
2. Missing the cool stuff in newer versions.
3. Some of your hardware may not be supported (or supported poorly).
When you _give_ people obsolete Linux install media, if the obsolete
installer screws up, they'll often not think "Gosh, that almost
did the trick. Think of how much _more_ cool it'd be if only I had
the current version." More likely, they think "Well, that settles
it. Linux sucks."
Note that any media you burn will become obsolete pretty soon, and spend
a long time being that way -- which is another big reason why I always
write release dates on 'em.
P.S.: You want copies of 6.06? I have all editions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu,
and Xubuntu for all four platforms. I lack only Edubuntu copies.
Feel welcome to visit and copy.
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