Ubuntu 8.04 reaches end-of-life on May 12 2011

Ubuntu announced its 8.04 Desktop release almost 36 months ago, on April 24, 2008. For the LTS Desktop releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 36 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop will reach end of life on Thursday, May 12, 2011. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop is via Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LucidUpgrades. Ubuntu 8.04 Server continues to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes. All announcements of official security updates for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing list, information about which may be found at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-security-announce.

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to customise or alter their software in order to meet their needs.

Originally sent to the ubuntu-announce mailing list by Kate Stewart on Mon Apr 11 17:13:13 UTC 2011

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5 Responses to “Ubuntu 8.04 reaches end-of-life on May 12 2011”

  1. ender672 Says:

    Might want to adjust the title of this announcement to “Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop reaches end-of-life on May 12 2011”

  2. nhandler Says:

    That might have been a bit better. We tend to just re-use the title used in the original blog post or email. I could edit it the post, but that tends to also cause a second version to appear on Planet Ubuntu, and I do not think it is worth it in this case. But thank you for the suggestion.

  3. Yann Says:

    Scared me too, I still have many Ubuntu 8.4 servers 😉

  4. stlouisubntu Says:

    Someone please clue me in on how the Ubuntu 8.04 installs knows that a desktop version is to stop being supported while a server version gets two more years of support. Is is merely the underlying packages that pertain to server operation that continue to receive updates (linux kernel, apache, dhcp3-server, sudo, etc.) but not the graphical desktop environment package (xorg, gnome, kde, lxde, xfce, openoffice, etc.)? How does it know? Is there a way to fool it into thinking a desktop install is a server install just to effectively extend the support period?

    A Thermos keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. How does it know?


  5. Alessandro Says:

    Today May 11 I downloaded 11 security updates on my Ubuntu 8.04.4 desktop. No comprendo. Could someone give me an explanation. Mille grazie. Ciao.

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