Newer versions do more than just bug fixes and provide security updates: They also introduce new functionality. Anything is fair game once Linus Torvalds opens the merge window at kernel.org for people to send in their changes for the next major kernel release. The concern is that adding in new functionality can also introduce new problems. Yes, those can be fixed with later patch updates to those newer versions but by having LTS or ETS versions that limit changes to bug and security fixes those kinds problems can be avoided in the first place. So, LTS and ETS versions are a good choice for someone that places a higher priority over long-term stability than over having the latest version with the latest functions. It's the same reason that someone might choose an LTS version of a distro.

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