Ubuntu "Enterprise Edition" coming soon

Ubuntu "Enterprise Edition" coming soon


There's good news out there for fans of Ubuntu, which is the distro I've been using now for nearly a year: The Enterprise Edition is due out this week. Codenamed Dapper Drake, this release should give Ubuntu even more momentum. I'm just hoping they'll stick to their Ubuntu Philosophy: "Ubuntu will always be free of charge, and there is no extra fee for the "enterprise edition", we make our very best work available to everyone on the same Free terms." What confuses me is why they would even need to have a separate "Enterprise" edition. Anyone want to shed some light on that for me? (News via OS News.)

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aitorch's picture
Submitted by aitorch on

The UEE will be maintained, in security terms, during more time than the normal versions. This is the diference, the enterprise edition could be installed in critical servers.

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IMHO, it's in Ubuntu's best interest to stick to their guns on this point. The "community based" and "free" labels are important goodwill property for the company, and they are easily lost if the project loses sight of its roots. I think Mark Shuttleworth knows that.

I haven't personally tried Ubuntu, but use Debian proper. I'm attracted to the faster release cycles, though, as I'm constantly running rather out-of-date software (e.g. I hear a lot of buzz about the new Thunderbird and KDE/K-Office, but I'm still using the old ones).

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Submitted by dustypup on

All the releases prior to Ubuntu 6.06 came with 18 months of security updates. The upcoming release will have, as the subject states, FIVE years of security updates. To the best of my knowledge this has never been done before with a free (as in beer and speech) OS. Another thing that's different about this release is the length of the development period. Normally it is a 6 month cycle of releases whereas this version took 9 months...

Dusty

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