[Live-demo] Xubuntu 13.04 build test

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 25 14:38:44 PDT 2013

Angelos wrote:
> Personally I have not used LXDE, but I have heard that it is
> very limited (some people call it a non-deskop but of course
> DE flame wars are well known...).

At least the 12.04 offering is fully featured and mature enough,
the only thing that seemed half-baked was the login manager, but
you only got that if you manually switched to it, they were using
lightdm by default I think.

> On the other hand, staying to 12.04.2 would be a safe
> choice, it is pretty stable at the moment....
> So our options:
> 1. Xubuntu 13.04 (alpha1)
> 2. Lubuntu 13.04
> 3. Xubuntu 12.04.2

I'm pretty easy with whatever choice people like to make from

One big advantage of going to 13.04 is it means we have less
package overrides and external ppas to deal with, which means
a lot less work and packaging problems to deal with.

Another is that it takes care of Cameron's drop the dead-wood
idea without us having to start making ugly popularity contest
decisions. A sure sign of a healthy project is one that provides
updated packages in a timely fashion. Other metrics like Oholo
activity have similar failings to using SLOC output to assess
employee productivity. I'll again trot out PROJ.4 as the classic
example of highly mature code which looks bad if your metric is
based on change frequency, but is probably used by many millions
of people every day if they know it or not; not many bug fixes
as there aren't many bugs left.

But it's probably still too early to say; time will tell if
13.04 is a good one or not. Since the early retirement date
we'd have to upgrade again before too long.. so we would be
making a lot of work for ourselves. :-/


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