Why Cadence Is Canon at Canonical

The latest release of Canonical’s innovative open source operating system, Ubuntu 12.10, maintains its twice-annual upgrade pattern. Even though the last few releases have generated a steady chorus of cries for longer release schedules, Canonical’s leadership stands by the schedule and the rationale behind it. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth certainly does not think Ubuntu’s every-six-month release schedule is part of any ill-perceived problem. During his recent Linuxcon keynote address, he praised that cycle for creating lots of excitement and keeping contributors motivated.

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