The Ubuntu Touch Release Candidate channel will only receive updates when there are enough changes to make it worthwhile

Ubuntu Touch RC channel updates

A week ago, UBports launched OTA-22 de Ubuntu Touch, with different numbering for PINE64 devices. Although some as a server would like to report that it has already been based on Focal Fossa, I have been reporting for some time that, although they are already working on the jump, they continue to base the system on the Xenial Xerus that was launched in April 2021 For this reason, I think that the news that I bring you today can, at least, improve things a bit.

Ubuntu Touch currently has three channels from which updates can be installed: the stable channel, where everything is tested and supposed to be problem-free; the Release Candidate or Candidate Version that is released more or less once a week and is a little less mature; and the development one, where updates are released every day. The stable and development channels will remain the same, but the Release Candidate channel will receive fewer updates.

Ubuntu Touch stable and development channels will remain the same

This was published this week in the project forum, and they have several reasons that have pushed them to make this decision:

  • We had cases where a critical bug was pushed to the dev channel shortly before the automated release to RC, but as discussions began to take place on whether the RC needed to be blocked, the cronjob posted the RC and made the issue even worse. .

  • We want to give RC real meaning: users need to be more aware of when it's time to hunt for bugs, but in the time between releases they can rely on stable stability.

  • Our IC, and devices, are doing unnecessary calculations, resulting in wasted CPU cycles, transferred bytes eating data quotas, and general wear and tear on your eMMC. And sometimes just because someone translated a string on Weblate. So let's save some CO2!

On the other hand, and although they don't mention it, fewer Release Candidates also means that they will have to pay a little less attention to them, and that also means that will lend a little more to development and stablewhich, in my opinion, are the most important.

OTA-23 is coming in the next few weeks, and (almost) nothing I'd like more than to report that it's already based on Focal Fossa and, why not dream, Libertine runs on the PineTab.


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