Friday, December 30, 2011

Bodhi Linux Release Schedule

With the recent release of Bodhi Linux 1.3.0 I've had a few questions as to what our release cycle is exactly. I'd like to take a short moment today to clarify what exactly on current release schedule looks like. Our version numbering looks something like this:

x.y.z

Where x represents a major release, y represents an update (or point) release and z represents a bug fix release.

We have a two year major release cycle. These releases will be centered around each new Ubuntu long term support (LTS) release. Our goal is to release our new major version in the July following the release of an Ubuntu LTS. Because we have such a long major release cycle, we will be releasing our "update" releases every three months. The goal of update releases is to keep the software on the LiveCD current and continue making small improvements to the default look of the system. Finally our bug fix releases will happen as needed when an issue is discovered with the default configuration.


And because people like time lines, this is what our release cycle for the next couple years looks like:


1.4.0 March 2012
1.5.0 June 2012 – Last Update release to our 10.04 base
2.0.0 July 2012 – First Stable release to our 12.04 base
2.1.0 September 2012 – First Update release to our 12.04 base
2.2.0 December 2012
2.3.0 March 2013
2.4.0 June 2013
2.5.0 September 2013
2.6.0 December 2013
2.7.0 March 2014
2.8.0 June 2014 - Last Update release to our 12.04 base
3.0.0 July 2014 - First Stable release to our 14.04 base


Pretty straight forward and obviously the only deviation from this list would be bug fix releases that may or may not be needed. Have any questions feel free to drop a comment below.




~Jeff Hoogland

19 comments:

  1. ubuntu 12.04 has support for 5 years , bodhi is also going to give for 5 yrs right?
    -Ajay

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  2. Bodhi major releases will get security updates through the Ubuntu end of life.

    If you want to continue getting update to date software (version updates, not security updates) you will need to use the latest Bodhi major release.

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  3. Will Bodhi be able to do a dist-upgrade from 1.x to 2.x or will it require reinstallation?

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  4. How involved with Ubuntu is Bodhi?
    Just want to say that Ubuntu's Unity together with the ridiculous Gnome 3 was what drove me away from Ubuntu.

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  5. We use Ubuntu as a base - we have no official affiliation with them.

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  6. Just 2 questions, after 2.0 is released, will the next major version upgrade (3.0) be after 2 years?, and will the 1.x version continue to be supported by Bodhi after the release of 2.0?
    Thanx!

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  7. You are correct about 3.0.0 - see the time line above.

    Bodhi 1.x.y will be supported until the end of life for Ubuntu 10.04 - something which is also noted above :)

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  8. I'm really pleased of this. A 5 year supported release is really the best thing for making Bodhi a stable and reliable distro. Reliable, stable, fast, long term supported, highly custom, eye candy: the dream distro. I do believe that next LTS version of Bodhi will be a must have.

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  9. Jeff...
    Took a look round the Bodhi website and am keen to try it out - but there doesn't seem to be a 'how to download' section that is easy to find - I think I stumbled on it the other day 'cos it mentioned downloading onto a USB as a boot and installing from there....?

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    1. Umm, not sure how it is hard to find - there is a "Download" link on the header of every page on the Bodhi website.

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  10. Hi Bodhi users, updated to Bodhi 1.3.0 and works like a charm on my Dell E6400 Inspiron Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz with 4GB RAM. Agreed I wish I don't have to do a clean install of Bodhi every 6 months a rolling relaase would be great. Love the desktop pictures on your website any chance of knowing how to get them...keep up the fab work

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    1. Double check the post - Bodhi only does a major release every 2 years. No need to reinstall every 6 months, every 24 months for the new major release is recommended.

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  11. Pleasee release a X64 bit......:(
    :(

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    1. 64bit will happen this summer with our 2.0.0 release. This release will be targeted towards servers and work stations - desktop users should stick to 32bit.

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  12. Will Bodhi be able to do a dist-upgrade from 1.x to 2.x or will it require reinstallation?

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  13. hey all this is my first commnt on any linux blog today i install bodhi it was working good but i was unable to install any softwear on it so plz help me

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  14. bodhi linux 2.1.0 was supported until 2017. is it true?

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    1. Yes - Bodhi 2.x.y will be getting support till Ubuntu 12.04 EOL

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