Here’s What You Can Do!

Here’s What You Can Do!

Ubuntu’s release cycle may come as a surprise to you if you’ve been using Windows for a long time. There’s a major long-term supported (LTS) release every couple of years, and interim releases in between to accommodate new software and improvements that are released regularly.

Many users choose to use interim releases to take advantage of newer kernels, software, and the latest innovations that the Linux ecosystem has to offer.

But this comes at a cost, just as Ubuntu 23.10’s support period ends today, its end-of-life (EOL) period is also shorter.

Don’t Get Caught Out By Ubuntu 23.10

It starts tomorrow (July 12, 2024), Ubuntu 23.10 will no longer receive bug fixes, critical security patches, and any other updates This change from Canonical means that users will only be able to update their installed apps but not their operating system.

This marks the end of the standard nine-month support period for this intermediate version of Ubuntu.

Clearly, This is really a worrying situationespecially if you are running it in an enterprise environment on a large pool of internet connected devices. As shown in the table above, standard support for 23.10 ends in July 2024 and there is no option to extend it using Ubuntu Pro.

However, this doesn’t have to be the end. You can easily upgrade to the next best release, Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. Read on to find out how.

Check Ubuntu Version

Before you begin, verify if you are running version 23.10 by running the following command in the terminal:

lsb_release -a

You can also go to the Settings app and select “About”, see which version of Ubuntu you are using.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

After making sure you have backed up your important data, Software updates Application and “UpdatesIn the ” tab, make sure you get notifications for all new Ubuntu releases by going to the last menu item and selecting the “For any new version”.

Then run the following command to update the system:

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

Then run Update Manager, restart your computer if prompted:

sudo update-manager

Software Updater, “Update…Click on ” and follow the on-screen instructions.

You will then be asked if you want to upgrade your system and will be presented with a summary of all the packages that will be added, removed and upgraded.

During the process you may be asked to set some basic preferences and once these are selected your system will reboot and the upgrade will be completed.

If you want to learn more about how Ubuntu manages its release cycle, you can visit the official website.

That’s it. Let me know how your upgrade experience goes! Or have you decided to do a fresh install / switch to a new distro?

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