The iconic Ubuntu 18.04 'Bionic Beaver' was a release that offered many improvements and features. First LTS to feature GNOME instead of Unity.
But like most good things, this, too, has reached an end (for most).
What's Happening: On 31 May 2023, Ubuntu 18.04 completed its five-year planned update cycle.
In other words, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has now reached end-of-life (EOL).
What does EOL mean?
For a Long-Term Version Ubuntu release, it will stop getting maintenance updates and security fixes.
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Check if you are using Ubuntu 18.04
If you don't know which Ubuntu version you are using, it's time to check it.
Open a terminal and use the following command:
If you see 18.04 or bionic in the output, you are using Ubuntu 18.04:
No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS Release: 18.04 Codename: bionic
What should you do now?
If you want to stick to Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical suggests you opt for Ubuntu Pro, which will extend support for Ubuntu 18.04 until April 2028.
Ubuntu Pro includes the full security patching treatment thanks to Expanded Security Maintenance (ESM) with 24/7 phone and ticket support.
Fret not; there is a free plan for Ubuntu Pro if you need it for personal or non-commercial use, giving you 10 years of security updates from the date of its original release. In other words, you get five more years.
Here's a handy guide to help you on your upgrade/reinstall journey.
If you do not have Ubuntu Pro and do not get extended maintenance updates, you should upgrade as soon as possible, else your system will remain vulnerable to security issues.
- Ubuntu 18.04 is reaching end of life by 31st May 2023
- Existing Ubuntu 18.04 users can stay with it by opting for free Ubuntu Pro subscription
- Existing users may also upgrade to the next LTS, 20.04
- The option to reinstall a fresh 22.04 version is also there but it will format your data
💬 Will you be upgrading or opting for a Ubuntu Pro subscription to get extended updates?