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Does anyone know where to find a list of parent Xubuntu releases for each OSGeo-Live version, and where there is a roadmap for future releases? I was able to find this out for OSGeo-Live 7.0 only by running it and querying the release from the command line:

user@osgeolive:~ $ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
Release:        12.04
Codename:       precise

Since OSGeo-Live 7.0 is less than one year old, I assume that the older version of Xubuntu means that as a rule the project only bases on LTSes. I'm asking because I'm considering when and whether to upgrade, and I wouldn't want to do so until OSGeo-Live is based on Xubuntu 14.04.

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    Why would this possibly make a difference? Its a live image, so you can just test each one to see if you like it! From courses.neteler.org/476, 7.9 is based on Xubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. Probably an 8.x number would be associated with the 14.04 builds, but predictions are hard, especially about the future.
    – BradHards
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 22:13
  • Thanks for the info about 7.9. I'm still interested in knowing about the future release, and presumably this is being planned somewhere. Given the people who frequent this site, I didn't really think this question would be considered a "hard prediction". Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 3:02

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Why would this possibly make a difference? Its a live image, so you can just test each one to see if you like it!

However, from courses.neteler.org/476, 7.9 (originally version 48) is based on Xubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. Note that there is a new version (49) of 7.9 for the so-called "Heartbleed" vulnerability.

The next version will almost certainly be 8.0, and is based on 14.04. Current nightly builds are available. There is a release schedule available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdE1SYUN3YWJ2N1NpSUczbW9IRWZNclE&hl=en_GB#gid=0 but the tl;dr; version is "FOSS4G Portland"

You can also build your own live GIS disk.

If you have more specific questions, you might like to try the project specific mailing list or IRC.

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