Mint 13 LTS will be maintained and supported until April 2017
Talking about wilfully misleading the forum....
Stick to Windows I'd say... you know absolutley nothing about Linux distros or their release cycles.
Oh well,, gee golly,,,
SourceLTS is an abbreviation for “Long Term Support”.
We produce a new Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server release every six months [diagram below]. That means you'll always have the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer. Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 9 months on the desktop and server.
A new LTS version is released every 2 years. In previous releases, a Long Term Support (LTS) version had 3 years support on Ubuntu (Desktop) and 5 years on Ubuntu Server. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, both versions will receive 5 years support. There is no extra fee for the LTS version; we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge.
The LTS designation applies only to specific subsets of the Ubuntu archive. The LTS may not apply to all flavors and remixes of Ubuntu. For example, for 8.04 LTS, Kubuntu chose to move to KDE 4.0 and didn't issue an LTS release. In 10.04, the Netbook Edition was not an LTS. The project will decide which flavors will be LTS and the support duration for each, early in the LTS development cycle.
Some of the latest support windows are illustrated below:
Well by gosh,, 9 months is surely generous....
Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Microsoft Windows Help
For the record,, it's a strawman argument anyway.
They are completely different systems and this is not about Linux.
Why is it, that people always have to bring this stuff up in regards to Windows, it's amazing.
OMG, XP is going to require On-Line activation,, pttthhhttt,, x-that, I'm moving to Linux... hahahahaha
Oh noze, don't take my XP aways.... whatever will I do.... ???????? blah blah blah....
Are you getting enough nicotine?
The vaping thing is interesting. How long will it be before various govts start taxing it?
Linux release cycles can't be compared with Windows -- in any case you can run Linux WELL after any conceivable support for that particular release has ended if you really want to with almost ZERO security implications -- unlike Windows --when it's gone IT'S GONE (a la XP or Windows 2000). Mint, Ubuntu and Opensuse now have an LTS model if you wish to keep a system for several years - but one of the joys of using Linux is to be able to try out the "newest" stuff as soon as it appears - for example I like messing around with the BTRFS file system. With Windows you have to wait for each new release so it's a different mindset.
I'd honestly leave posting all sorts of misleading Linux stuff on essentially a Windows forum -- maintenance / installation / distribution / even use is very different.
By all means compare features or if there are features in one that we'd like to see in the other then that's fine - otherwise I'd leave the intracies of Linux except where it pertains to Windows such as on Virtual Machines or running Windows on Linux hosts to linux Forums such as LinuxQuestions.org
Linux being essentially open source - (talking about desktop / home users - not commercial servers or companies like Red Hat) will not / nor will it ever be a subscription model. However if you wish to PAY for support that you could essentially do your self or install a commercial product then that's up to you but other than that the whole concept is that everything is open source or freely supplied (vmware vmplayer for example) and will cost you the user ZERO.
ummm, ummmmm, ummmmmmmm First, yeah, linux support time is for kids compared to what windows gets, even lts releases cannot be compared. Second, updates in linux breaks many things AND almost always, i.e. gnome desktop environment is the king of breaking things, kernel updates is a big ***** in the ass, and depending on what distro you use, you will get additional problems. And at last, i never saw a windows update to break anything. And with windows you dont need to experiment with things - it has all the best things, best performance in all things, from graphics to disk performance, whereas in linux you experiment with things only because the current state of linux sucks and you are desperate to try any new bleeding edge thing to get any kind of improvement. Trust me, i know. I tried thousands of things comparing windows vs linux, and the only thing that linux does better than windows is running diablo 2 with wine Oh, and another one, linux doesnt compress you desktop wallpaper, so your desktop doesnt look like crap.
Meh, just one bad update for windows, there is hundreds of them in linux world, just need to open any linux distro forum and to start reading.