Meaning, if you do an update, you get an update, not a complete change of your desktop or default programs. I just upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal). In the fifteen minutes since the reboot, I haven't notice any difference in the machine. The Gnome desktop survived intact, even the tweaks I did to make it look like Gnome 2. Thunderbird and Firefox are at the current version. So is Flash. The Intel Fortran compiler even works.
Boring. And that's a good thing.
My Linux blog posts are usually about problems, and we just haven't had that many lately. I'll have some spare time over Christmas, maybe (don't count on it), we'll get to the statistics and baseball stuff I owe you. Maybe.