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Shuttleworth confirms 1 June for Dapper

By   |  March 21, 2006

In an e-mail to the Ubuntu community last night, Mark Shuttleworth confirmed the release date for Ubuntu Dapper Drake desktop and server editions as 1 June.

According to Shuttleworth, the extra time will be devoted to quality assurance, Asian language support, and “polish” for the user interface. The XFCE desktop will also be integrated into the main repository for users wanting a fast and light desktop.

During the delay period, Shuttleworth also hopes to get Dapper certified for the Linux Standards Base (LSB) certification.

With the beta release expected on the original release date – 20 April – there will also be more time for testing both the server and the new live CD installer.

“The extra time will help ensure that Dapper is a robust and reliable platform for organisations with long-term and large-scale free software deployments. This is the first release of Ubuntu that will be supported for 5 years on the server and 3 years on the desktop, and we believe that this release will help expand the reach of the Ubuntu and Debian communities substantially,” writes Shuttleworth.

While Shuttleworth initially proposed the delay, it was up to the Ubuntu Community Council and Technical Board to make the final decision. After two open on-line meetings, the Community Council and Technical Board approved the delay unanimously.

The next release of Ubuntu is expected to get back on the previous release schedule, in line with the Gnome releases. “While the release schedule of Dapper+1 is not finalised, the Technical Board feels that it will be best to plan for a short release schedule to return to our regular Gnome + 1 month cycle. This will likely result in Dapper+1 being released in October 2006,” says Shuttleworth.

While the name for the next release has not been announced, Tectonic is betting on “Edgy Elephant” as the next alliteration.

The new release schedule is available on the Ubuntu wiki.

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4 Responses to “Shuttleworth confirms 1 June for Dapper”

  1. Sum Yung Gai
    March 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    This is a good idea, and I\’m thankful that they\’re taking the time to make sure that it\’s right, since they plan to support it for five years. Note that they\’re not saying that they\’ll take forever to release a new version of Ubuntu; they seem committed to their \”every six months\” schedule.

    Of course, this naturally begs the question, how are they going to be able to support all of those versions over five years? If they stick to their release schedule of \”every six months\” like they have been doing, then we\’re looking at the possibility of supporting, and maintaining up-to-date repositories for, twelve different versions of Ubuntu, simultaneously. I don\’t know if that\’s such a terrific idea. Ubuntu, being basically Debian Sid, should be by its nature somewhat bleeding edge. If you want \”tried and true\”, then why not just go with Debian Sarge and hire whomever you want for support (possibly including, of course, Canonical)?

    Can anybody shed any light on this issue?

    Thanks.

  2. ap
    March 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    *Applauds Shuttleworth*

  3. Limulus
    March 22nd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    In reply to the question by \”Sum Yung Gai\”: \”how are they going to be able to support all of those versions over five years? If they stick to their release schedule of \”every six months\” like they have been doing, then we\’re looking at the possibility of supporting, and maintaining up-to-date repositories for, twelve different versions of Ubuntu, simultaneously.\”

    Its like this: normal releases are supported for 18 months; Dapper will be supported as a *server* for 5 years, but only for 3 years as a desktop environment.

    Warty 10/04 – 04/06
    Hoary 04/05 – 10/06
    Breezy 10/05 – 04/07
    Dapper 06/06 – 06?/09 (desktop) 06?/11 (server)
    D+1 10/06 – 04/08
    D+2 04/07 – 10/08
    D+3 10/07 – 04/09
    D+4 04/08 – 10/09
    D+5 10/08 – 04?/10? (likely to replace Dapper)
    D+6 04/09 – 10/10

    So in the future they\’d only be supporting 4 versions at a time on the desktop (e.g. Dapper, D+1, D+2 D+3)

  4. mcrider
    March 22nd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    I read in another article that Shuttleworth plans the next release after Dapper to bring bling to Ubuntu. Evidently not every release will be given the extra care and polish Dapper is getting for 5 years support.

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