As far as the desktop side of things are concerned, the next Ubuntu update, code named Hardy Huron, will forgo major functionality additions and instead focus on boosting what’s already in the operating system.
Ars technica, reporting from the Ubuntu Developer Summit, said “the primary goal for the Hardy development cycle is to make existing features more usable and robust rather than adding a lot of new functionality.”
This differs significantly from the Gutsy Gibbon development cycle which focused on delivering highly experimental features—like compositing by default—that improved the user experience at the expense of robustness in certain documented areas. Stability and resilience are important for Hardy Heron because it is a long-term support release and will be supported on the desktop for three years.
This makes a lot of sense. As a Long Term Support (LTS) release, Huron will have three years support for the desktop version and five years for the server version. Working on what’s there, instead of mucking it up with new, untested features is pretty much a given. The most recent LTS version, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake), was released on June 1, 2006 (updated to Ubuntu 6.06.1 on August 10 2006 (Wikipedia).
Hey, Ubuntu team — Let’s hear more about the server edition!