The irony that is LTS.

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by linuxforall, Oct 15, 2012.

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  1. linuxforall

    linuxforall Registered Member

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    LTS distros like Ubuntu LTS, RH, CentOS are usually deployed in business and institutional environments where office suite is among the most critical need. Unfortunately in name of stability all these distros grossly overlook the fact that Libreoffice is going through rapid development and transition and every new edition improves compatibility with MS Office files.

    I am truly surprised with the apathetic attitude of the devs of these so called LTS distros, CentOS till a few months back were shipping with old outdated Open Office, Ubuntu ships with older 3.5, the ppa for libreoffice is a big joke and there is hardly any updates, till now its stuck in the initial and buggy 3.6.0.1 where Arch based distros have the latest 3.6.2, sadly Arch and its derivatives can't be deployed at offices and neither can non LTS Ubuntu. They really need to work in this aspect for Linux to be accepted in a commercial sphere. Sure everyone is looking for stability but then none are looking for obsolescence or compatibility issues either.
     
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    Libre Office should migrate to a maintenance release like Mozilla has done, eliminating the need for a repository to keep it current. You shouldn't have to upgrade a LTS just to take advantage of the latest software updates.
     
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    An excellent idea and the distro makers like RH and Canonical should now adapt that principle in essence, basically the worse that can happen is a buggy Libreoffice but that won't affect the distro in general and one can always revert back.
     
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