Ubuntu celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday, to celebrate this ARS Technica took a look at five ways that Ubuntu helped make Linux more human. Here's a snip:
2. Short, time-based release cycles
Ubuntu was born as a derivative of the venerable Debian project. One of the most serious weaknesses of Debian is its long development cycles and unpredictable release schedule. Ubuntu adopted a consistent six-month cycle based on the GNOME release model. This means that users always have access to the latest desktop software. The predictability has also helped to make Ubuntu popular with hardware vendors.