You are still using Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus? If so then you have a problem, because this glorious LTS has officially entered EOL (End of Life). What does it mean? No more security updates, no more patches and no more bug fixing. Not only that: app updates are also stopped via the normal Ubuntu repositories. Basically: if any serious problem arises on Xenial Xerus, no one will fix it. Unless…
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM? Yes, but for companies
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was a very interesting LTS, it will be remembered as the last with the Unity desktop on board. Xenial was the first version of Ubuntu to support the ZFS filesystem and Snap apps. It was released in an optimized low-power mode and with GNOME Software in place of the Ubuntu Software Center.
Companies that are unable (or simply unwilling to) abandon this version of Ubuntu can pay for extended support, known as ESM. Ubuntu 16.04 ESM will be supported until 2024 with critical security patches. More details on ESM can be found on official site on Ubuntu.
However, ESM is not intended for desktop users. “Home” users should rather consider an upgrade to a more recent release, perhaps Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS. Although it does not come with the Unity desktop, I know that many are “scared” by the Unity-GNOME leap, it is a necessary step forward.
As far as I know (correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong) you can’t directly upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 20.04 – you need to switch to Ubuntu 18.04 first. To proceed, after performing a careful backup, issue the following commands from the terminal:
- sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
- sudo do-release-upgrade
Ubuntu 21.10 – prime daily builds
Speaking of new releases: the first daily builds of Ubuntu 21.10, codenamed, are officially available Impish Indri. For now there are no particular news to report. The first few weeks are usually spent synchronizing imports, updating tools and various requirements. All the good news will come soon.
If you want to follow the developments and try the news in VM know that you will find the new images