April 22, 2019

Kubuntu 14.04 And 16.04 Officially Hit End Of Life And Users Asked To Upgrade

Over on the Kubuntu mailing list it was announced today that the two previous long term support incarnations of Kubuntu have officially been retired, leaving the current 18.04 LTS release as the only remaining supported LTS version.

Users are encouraged to upgrade to a newer version - either Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver LTS or the current 19.04 Disco Dingo release.

Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, running KDE 4.13
Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, running KDE 4.13

Kubuntu developer and council member Rick Mills stated today:

"As the newly released Kubuntu 19.04 makes it's way into the world,
inevitably other things come to their end.

Kubuntu 14.04 LTS was released in April 2014, and reaches 'End of Life'
for support on 25th April 2019. All Kubuntu users should therefore
switch to a newer supported release. Upgrades from 14.04 to a newer
release are not advised, so please install a fresh copy of 18.04 or
newer after running a backup of all your data.

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS was released on 21st April 2016, and was supported for
Kubuntu for a period of year 3 years [1]. Kubuntu 16.04 LTS support
therefore ends 21st April 2019, and users are invited to upgrade to
18.04 LTS, or perform a fresh install of that or newer release.

I would thank users of both releases, especially for the amazing
additional community support on IRC, forums, mailing lists, and elsewhere."

In either case, do note that users are recommended to perform a fresh install rather than trying t to perform a distribution upgrade multiple times to get there. The experience will go much better that way, from all that we've gathered so far.

The new Disco Dingo, as well as the Bionic Beaver LTS releases can be torrented or downloaded from the Kubuntu website

As an aside, this would officially mark the end of any kind of "officially supported" version of KDE 4 from Canonical, which from a nostalgia-perspective is kind of sad. 


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