Is There Such Thing As Too Much Innovation?

I updated the Xubuntu I run at work in a virtual box and noticed I now had Xfburn in addition to Brasero for burning discs.

When I got home, I immediately removed Brasero and installed Xfburn, and that, coupled with my move to the Xfce task manager, is about as close as I’ll come to updating to 10.10.

10.10 runs fine at work, but it doesn’t seem to bring much new and improved to the table, so I’d just as soon stick with the long term support version, which is set up just the way I like it.

I understand Ubuntu’s rapid development cycle and how it keeps people excited about the OS, but I think it sometimes backfires when there’s not a lot new between releases. Instead of getting excited, I wonder if development has plateaued. I wonder if releases are going out just for the sake of the development cycle and not for the sake of the user experience.

I can’t count the number of distro switches I’ve made because an update to a new version of a distro broke something. Rather than investing the time to fix it, most of the time it just seems easier to try a new Linux flavor.

When something changes every six months, you start to think of it as disposable, not permanent.

There’s got to be a middle ground between distros like Debian and Slackware, which have years between releases, and the more rapid release method of Ubuntu and Fedora. But without the bleeding-edge complications of something like Arch.

I suspect Linux Mint Debian might be that middle ground, but it’ll be at least a few months before we know how stable it is over time.

But ultimately, non of this really matters to me. Right now, I have an OS that works for me and will have support for the next few years. But I can’t help but wonder if more people would stick with a distro if the distros weren’t on such a rapid release schedule.

Maybe there’s such a thing as too much innovation.