Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS delivers a new hardware enablement stack comprised of the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 4.4 and X graphics stack derived from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Users running an older point release with an older hardware enablement stack are encouraged to update to the 16.04 hardware enablement stack, or make the transition to the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release.
Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS also rolls together all of the app updates, bug fixes and security patches released to Trusty Tahr since Ubuntu 14.04.4 which was released earlier this year.
The new disc image reduces the number of post-installation updates that users need to download after install.
The Point of Point Releases in 3 Bullet Points:
- Improve support for selected (and newer) hardware
- Roll in stable updates to reduce download requirements on fresh install
- Maintain stability
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is supported until mid-2019 on desktop, server and core. See our Ubuntu 14.04 LTS review for more details on the core features of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
New Hardware Enablement Stack
Ubuntu 14.04.5 features an updated hardware enablement stack (HWE). This HWE comprises of the Linux Kernel 4.4 and an updated X11 pulled from Ubuntu 16.04 ‘Xenial Xerus’.
Those who installed Trusty using the original 14.04 disc image or the 14.04.1 disc image will need to manually opt-in to receive the new hardware enablement stack. This wiki post has full details on how to opt-in.
An exhaustive list of the changes, fixes and improvements rolled in can be found in the official release notes for this release.
Download Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Links to the latest disc images can be found below.
If you already run Ubuntu 14.04 you do not need to ‘do‘ anything to get 14.04.5. If you’ve been installing all available app and security updates you’re already running it!