Canonical To Stick With 10 Year Support Cycle For Ubuntu LTS Releases

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 24 October 2023 at 08:30 AM EDT. 24 Comments
Given recent talk of upstream Linux Long-Term Support (LTS) kernels likely being reduced from six to two year support windows moving forward, Canonical today decided to re-affirm their support for ten years of support with Ubuntu Long Term Support versions.

Ahead of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS coming up next April, Canonical today is reaffirming their commitment to customers in backing Ubuntu LTS releases with ten years of support. Even if the upstream Linux LTS kernel cycles see their support window trimmed, Canonical is sticking to backing Ubuntu LTS for ten years... Similar to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other major enterprise Linux distributions likely not trimming their support windows either as a result of this upstream kernel LTS shift in policy.

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Ubuntu LTS kernels haven't always aligned with Linux LTS kernels anyhow and Ubuntu LTS point releases often back-port newer kernel versions as part of their hardware enablement (HWE) stacks.

Long story short, from today's Ubuntu blog post, don't expect any change in Ubuntu LTS support policy by Canonical.
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