There are still two months left, however Canonical already announces the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’ End of Lifecycle, as well as encourage all users who are still using this version of the system to update to the one with support. Preferably, on the new Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the latest in the long run.
Needless to say, but Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was released in 2018, to be precise, on April 27, 2018, a day later than expected due to a last-minute bug that many of you will remember for its unusual nature. thus, In april 2023 five years from Normal support for every LTS version of Ubuntu will be finished, and that’s it, all that’s left to do is update or update.
At least, for the majority of users who keep using Bionic Beaver. It should be remembered that this extension of support, called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and any Adds an additional five years, released a year prior to the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and later reaching subsequent LTS versions of the system as its support ended. ESM is part of the corporate support package in Ubuntu Pro.
As you can see, Extended Security Maintenance keeps every LTS release of Ubuntu alive for a long time — twice, to be exact — and for example, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS still has more than a year of support ahead; Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is about three years old; Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Five; Ubuntu 20.04 LTS almost six… and the latest Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, recommended to replace the existing version.
For more information, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS was released in April 2022 and will expire its regular five-year support in 2027, though it will continue through 2032 thanks to additional support provided by the Ubuntu Pro Extended Security Maintenance plan. A plan aimed primarily at businesses or professional users Any user can benefit It is completely free.
In short, if you are still using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the best thing to do is move to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which is now starting to stabilize accordingly. But you can also take advantage of the free Ubuntu Pro method, if you’d rather keep your beaver active for a few more years. What you choose will depend on your needs. But you see the willingness to take one path or the other because time flies by.