Why is Ubuntu MATE 16.04 only supported for 3 years, but not for 5 years?

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#1

Why is Ubuntu MATE 16.04 only supported for 3 years, but not 5 years? Other Ubuntu Distros are supported for 5 though.


#2

Pure diminishing returns. Why spend resources beyond when the number of users gets rather small?

Heck, I’m an LTS guy and waiting for 18.04… and I feel like the dinosaur minority with all the hype on 16.10 which is supported for a WHOLE 9 MONTHS! :smirk:

By the way, after 3 years the Ubuntu stuff will continue coasting for 2 more years and the chances of something breaking are small to need support for the Mate stuff. The repositories will last even beyond that. I just checked… my Ubuntu Server 10.04 (Apr 2010) still has active repositories!


Mutiny on Ubuntu MATE 14.04
#3

Only Ubuntu and Kubuntu offer 5 year LTS, all the other flavours are 3 years. Which means we maintain/support the bit that are intrinsically MATE for 3 years, after that only the Ubuntu base system updates and security fixes will continue.

We simply can’t commit to 5 years of support and point releases. What are you going to be doing in 5 years time?


Ubuntu Mate LTS with 5 year support?
#4

I still am running Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 i’ll be updrading when it is 16.04 stableised. Probably by the time Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 is released. I can’t wait to try it and the new features it will have! :slight_smile:
I absolutely love Ubuntu MATE.


#5

Would the LSB thing affect my HP printer at all?


#6

Agree diminishing return needs to be considered. There are those that need the absolute latest now and others who say why change something that is not broke. I recently upgraded three PCs to UM, two came from 10.04 and one from 12.04.

Although I am resistant to change, I am very happy with UM 16.04.


#7

So could you update the Mate part of 16.04 when support ends, while leaving the Ubuntu 16.04 components alone?

Steve