It’s been a few years since we talked about whether Ubuntu will become one distro rolling release, But no decision has been made yet. It seems that it could finally happen when Ubuntu runs Unity 8 and Mir becomes something already standardized and established.
In fact, Canonical already has a distribution following a model rolling release, we mean Ubuntu Touch. The mobile operating system already has Unity 8 and Mir, and has the same code that goes into desktop editing as well. It’s worth remembering that Canonical wants to have one distro separate built with irritable packs, so the move to a model rolling release not only is it starting, but it won’t be anything new on the Ubuntu scene either.
Is rolling release the future?
Canonical will continue to offer two different versions of Ubuntu: One with traditional DEB packages, and another with irritable packages. Of these two one will use the X graphics server, and the other will switch to Mir. This will happen in the near future, or at least until the manufacturers of hardware as NVIDIA and AMD along with Intel integrate proper support for Mir into their graphics drivers.
Let a Linux distribution follow a model rolling release means that is updated incrementally, Without having to wait for a six-month cycle for a new version to come out. Ubuntu Touch is getting this treatment right now, with each OTA offering a lot of new stuff. This kind of change, however, will not happen as the desktop version is right now.
The only problem that needs to be solved is the LTS versions of Canonical. A lot of people still use them and it depends on them, as they are released every two years, so it’s not clear what will happen to them. The same LTS versions are used in the cloud with great success, and this is another issue that will need to be addressed in some way.
Most likely, Canonical will opt for the best of both worlds: On the one hand have a version rolling release, And on the other hand keep the support extended