wounded in the line of duty
Exactly. Look at the main competition: one can install Windows or OS X once, and use it for many years. People want to surf, e-mail, and do word processing. They are not interested in the latest compiz or Rhythmbox, as long as it works well.
They can do the same with any Linux desktop distro as well. I'd also like to point out Ubuntu is easily upgradeable from major release to major release. As far as I know, Windows comes closer to that than OS X. OS X also has frequent updates, and sometimes their software requires the absolute latest, forcing everybody to make the move frequently.
But the main point is: nobody's twisting your arm to upgrade your Linux desktop. It just happens that updates are more often while retaining support for older versions for quite awhile.
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