Ubuntu has been the Top Linux Distro for a very very long time now, and the rest aren’t even close…especially when it comes to Desktop Duty and great names!
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! has another article up – The Ubuntu 20.10 Codename Is Revealed, And It’s Pretty Groovy, Baby
Yeah, grooOOOoovyyy…! Joey explains in details how the release names are chosen, so it’s worth the quick read.
Ubuntu explains – The Ubuntu lifecycle and release cadence:
Canonical publishes new releases of Ubuntu on a regular cadence, enabling the community, businesses and developers to plan their roadmaps with the certainty of access to newer open source upstream capabilities.
Version numbers are YY.MM
LTS or ‘Long Term Support’ releases are published every two years in April. LTS releases are the ‘enterprise grade’ releases of Ubuntu and are utilised the most. An estimated 95% of all Ubuntu installations are LTS releases.
Every six months between LTS versions, Canonical publishes an interim release of Ubuntu, with 19.10 being the latest example. These are production-quality releases and are supported for 9 months, with sufficient time provided for users to update, but these releases do not receive the long-term commitment of LTS releases.
Interim releases will introduce new capabilities from Canonical and upstream open source projects, they serve as a proving ground for these new capabilities. Many developers run interim releases because they provide newer compilers or access to newer kernels and newer libraries, and they are often used inside rapid devops processes like CI/CD pipelines where the lifespan of an artefact is likely to be less than the support period of the interim release. Interim releases receive full security maintenance for ‘main’ during their lifespan.
Roughly 95% of installations are LTS, and I’ve been working on the new Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 LTS release today, which is now my main Linux Distro until April 2025…will have more on that in a later post.
Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.