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Ubuntu 18.04 support is about to end, but not for everyone

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Ubuntu remains one of the most popular Linux distributions, with a large installed base on desktop PCs, servers, and embedded devices. Canonical is about to say goodbye to Ubuntu 18.04, unless you use Ubuntu Pro.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, also known as “Bionic Beaver,” will reach the end of its promised five-year support window on May 31, 2023. After that point, it will not receive critical security updates or updates for most applications. by default. software repositories. Flatpak and Snap-based apps may still work, as they are generally not tied to specific OS versions, but may start crashing unexpectedly (if they haven’t already).

Ubuntu 18.04 was released in April 2018 and replaced 16.04 as the new Long Term Support (LTS) version. For people upgrading from 16.04 (Canonical recommends most people stick to LTS versions), it changed the defunct Unity desktop to GNOME Shell, tweaked the login and lock screens, improved the Settings app, and more. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS also served as the basis for countless other distributions, including official derivatives like Lubuntu 18.04 and third-party versions like Elementary OS 5.0 Juno.

If you have a desktop or server PC still running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, you should probably upgrade (or do a fresh install) to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or 22.04 LTS. Canonical will continue to provide security updates for Ubuntu 18.04 until April 2028, a huge 10 years after its release, but only on systems enrolled in Ubuntu Pro.

Ubuntu Pro is primarily aimed at businesses and other organizations that are slow to update their systems, but it’s also free for “personal and small-scale business users on up to 5 machines.” If for some reason you are unable to update, please refer to the official FAQ for information on how to register.

Source: Ubuntu

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