It’s official: Dapper Drake will be a supported Ubuntu distro for three years on the desktop and five years on the server.
For those addicted to 6 month release cycles, they will still be there, but Ubuntu has put together such a solid product with Dapper (officially known as Ubuntu 6.06 LTS) that they’re going to leave it in place longer than normal. Therefore, if you’re in need of a stable unchanging system for the life of your machine, Dapper looks like that kind of animal. Debian anyone?
Because this stable base is in place, the next planned release will be called The Edgy Eft, and Edgy should be exactly that. Shuttleworth and the development team are planning to take some risks and investigate some stuff that’s been sitting at the bottom of the roadmap.