back to article Ubuntu 24.04, Fedora 40, EndeavourOS, and TrueNAS 24.04 all arrive at once

Last week was a busy one for the open source community: EndeavourOS and TrueNAS Scale arrived on Tuesday, Fedora landed on Wednesday, and Ubuntu on Thursday. This past week has seen a whole rash of new distribution releases, but there is considerable overlap between them. All of them include the latest Linux kernel 6.8, they …

  1. nematoad
    Happy

    Come on!

    "Ubuntu 24.04, Fedora 40, EndeavourOS, and TrueNAS 24.04 all arrive at once."

    It looks like the "International English" filter has missed something.

    Surely under the new El Reg style code it should be EndeavorOS

    1. TonyHoyle

      Re: Come on!

      Names never get translated..

      Otherwise We'd be enjoying Microsoft Fensters, Rouge Chapeau 6 etc.

      1. Killdolly

        Re: Come on!

        "Rouge Chapeau"? Head Rat. Don't mention Spoonerisms.

      2. Liam Proven (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

        Re: Come on!

        [Author here]

        > Names never get translated..

        This is the correct answer. Improperly punctuated, but correct.

        You know those language-picker dialog boxes that offer "Chinese (Traditional)" and "Chinese (Simplified)"? Think of this as "English (Simplified)"...

      3. nematoad
        Joke

        Re: Come on!

        Yes, I know.

        It was a tongue in cheek thought that popped into my head and it's not the first time that the British spelling of Endeavour has been used.

        The last shuttle brought into service, Endeavour, was named after after Captain Cook's ship which took him on his first voyage of discovery.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "This is a long-term support release, so some people will be using this at least until 2026 or so"

    This version will be supported until 2036, for some customers, I believe.

    1. MatthewSt

      Correct. LTS support for Ubuntu is 5 years, not 2, then there's the option to pay for another 5

      https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

      1. keithpeter Silver badge
        Pint

        Yes, it is a complex thing to summarise in a few words.

        If I have read the linked page correctly: people installing Ubuntu 24.04 (not the various 'flavours' of desktop) now can upgrade to another LTS release in two years, or they can stick with 24.04 and enjoy Standard Support for as long as 5 years (main and restricted repositories only) and then upgrade to another release, or they can stick with 24.04 and take out an Ubuntu Pro subscription (free for individual use on up to 5 machines) and have a further 5 years of support but limited to security updates.

        Icon: we like options

        1. MatthewSt

          While it's still within the same calendar year, it's worth noting (as per the article) that updates are not presented to LTS users until the point one release. So everyone on 22.04 will stay on that until 24.04.1 comes out. It's still 2 years but it starts later on.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    automatic enrollment into Microsoft Active Directory thanks to ADSys GPO support.

    And when does potershite fold this into systemd so you can't avoid Microsoft's cancer in a Linux distribution?

  4. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge
    Happy

    Thanks to the devs

    I know it's easy to focus on bugs, but these open source projects have a lot of commercial products beat when it comes to stability and functionality. I may dislike snaps, but Ubuntu still works best for me compared to Android, MacOS, and Windows. That's impressive.

  5. Michael Hoffmann Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Always the way

    I only just, after inexcusably dragging my heels, kicked out all Redhat based distros from my life and machines, and moved to 22.04, servers and desktops.

    As I'm still somewhat new to Ubuntu/Debian: how smooth are upgrades across major releases generally? Whatever else, it was always a breeze on RH.

    1. Crypto Monad Silver badge

      Re: Always the way

      The in-place OS upgrades are generally robust; it's the third-party and universe packages you have to be careful about.

      The 5-year support timescale means you can skip alternate LTS releases and just do a pair of back-to-back upgrades every 4 years, as long as you're not trying to run software in the mean time that needs new shiny things underneath. But a clean installation from scratch once in a while is always a good idea with any system.

      RH upgrades? As far as I remember, it was impossible to upgrade in-place from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7 (or was it 5 to 6?)

    2. cleminan
      Linux

      Re: Always the way

      I upgraded two DNS servers from 18.04 through 20.04 to 22.04 a couple of weeks ago & four desktop machines from 16.04 in the last couple of months.

      As long as key packages aren't dropped between releases, on the servers, the biggest headache for me was maintainers changes to config files location or contents (thanks Zabbix), though that mostly related to changes we'd made to make the software operate as we wanted & either not using ../conf.d/ or it not being an option.

      On the desktop machines Nvidia's curtailing of driver support for older cards was the biggest issue. One machine was reinstalled from scratch another had the proprietary drivers removed. After that I gave up on trying to fix the resolution for a bit, following a couple of dist-upgrade cycles it seemed to get bored and reverted to the native resolution of the TV.

    3. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: Always the way

      Having spent years using both - it's MUCH easier on Debian/Ubuntu, modulo the third party stuff - however the upgrade helpfully disables all foreign repos before proceeding so it's usually a matter of finding if the 3rd party stuff is actually required anymore and then reenabling the repo as needed

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