Ubuntu 18.04 LTS support extended to 10 years

Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) releases normally has a lifecycle of about 5 years, after which Canonical will stop releasing updates and bug fixes. 5 year support might be pretty adequate for a home user, but not so much for enterprise users and such.

With that in mind, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the extension of Ubuntu 18.04’s official support cycle to 10 years.

ubuntu lts support extended to 10 years

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will now be officially supported till 2028!

You read that right. If you are on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, you will now receive updates, security patches and big fixes till early 2028. Mark Shuttleworth made the announcement during his keynote speech at 2018 OpenStack Summit, Berlin. You can watch the full keynote here.

“I’m also delighted to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for a full 10 years. In part because of the very long time horizons in some of those industries, financial services and telecommunications, but also in the IoT where manufacturing lines are being deployed that will be in production for at least a decade,” said Shuttleworth.

A welcome step in the right direction. At this point of time though, it is still unclear if Canonical will extend the lifespan of all future LTS releases. The next Ubuntu LTS release is scheduled to arrive in April, 2020.

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