the day after tomorrow…

So what do we have:

LONDON, April 21, 2008 – Canonical Ltd. announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition for free download on Thursday 24 April

Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) provides a stable platform for software and hardware vendors, developers and users.


It includes the latest, stable version of many core products, and in that spirit is the first distribution to bring Mozilla Firefox 3 (Beta 5) to millions of users.

These just don’t fit. I already see all upcoming articles and rants full of swearing and other negative stuff : (

Just think about it:

  • most of us use the PC mainly for web
  • we use Firefox™to do that
  • why do we use firefox? Riiight, the add-ons (I have 15)
  • what happens with the beta?? Righ on! some (or lots of, or only few of them??) add-ons don’t work
  • what do we have in the finalé? Right, a (semi)broken web-browser and broken user experience

All the poor users, who’ll click the “Upgrade” button only to find their firefox profile to be broken.

Broken till June? Hell no! the addons would catch up earlier. But then again read this and keep wondering why you can’t see the plugin’s minimal supported version on the new add-ons portal (I didn’t find, only some of them have the info in the comments).

What were they (the ubuntu release team) thinking®?

Here’s a link you might find usefull.

As for me, still comfy with good ‘ol 7.04. And right said, synchronise the releases!