why ubunut lts - long term support

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Why Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

It’s all in the LTS – Long Term Support provided by the Ubuntu folks.

14.04 LTS is supported until 2019.

The LTS helps us support CounterSnipe Software in a steady and stable way.

The LTS enables us to offer support and maintenance contracts for 3 years

The 16.04 version will be available in 2017 but other than some hardware drivers we do not expect much change in IDS/IPS performance resulting from this change.

We do not use any features of Ubuntu itself.

From the horse's mouth:

"Furthermore, we define the LTS to be:

  • Enterprise Focused: We are targeting server and multiple desktop installations, where the average user is moderately risk averse.

  • Compatible with New Hardware: We will make point releases throughout the development cycle to provide functional support for new server and desktop hardware.

  • More Tested: We will shorten the development window and extend the Beta cycle to allow for more testing and bug fixing

and clearly state that it is not:

A Feature-Based Release: We will focus on hardening functionality of existing features, versus introducing new ones"

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