UDS-R official discussion: ALPHAs and BETAs to be completely ditched, only a BETA and the final release to remain
Ubuntu Developer Summit R is in progress this week and, along with keynotes, announcements, etc, interesting news have started to land in the public "arena", news bearing highly-relevant goals, especially related to the upcoming Raring Ringtail.
As we have seen across the Ubuntu's development cycles, the developers structured the development effort around milestones, such as ALPHA, BETA 1, BETA 2, RC 1, etc.
It seems that the developers have discussed the opportunity of ditching ALPHAs and BETAs from the Raring cycle, while retaining only a singular BETA and the final release, basically, all the milestones to be dropped in favor of one milestone (BETA).
As a consequence, the archives will remain open for a much longer period of time (in the Raring cycle), allowing incoming packages and changes to be conducted both longer and easier, without numerous pressures and restrictions.
The above mentioned approach is to be probably adopted by Ubuntu only, the Ubuntu flavors will completely control their schedules, goals, milestone releases, etc.
Quality is an aspect highly-considered in Raring Ringtail, too, the daily-published ISOs are to be further tested on a bi-weekly cadence (resulting in more stable Ubuntu images), furthermore, hardware testing continues to be seriously pursued.
- 100 scopes installed by default, parts of systemd incorporated into Upstart, phased updates (Ubuntu 13.04's official goals)
- Ubuntu 13.04 to feature the 3.8 Linux kernel
- UDS-R official picture set published (395 images)
- Mark Shuttleworth at UDS-R: "By 14.04 we should have phone, tablet, desktop, TV, all wrapped up in one platform"
- Jason Warner, Ubuntu Desktop Manger, at UDS-R: "We're going to stick with Nautilus"