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Time’s up, G

I can’t think of better way to kick off a new month than by issuing a proclamation of impending doom!

Okay, it’s not quite that dramatic, but if you run Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” you need to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 some time soon.


Because official support for Ubuntu 20.10 ends on July 22, 2021.

Thankfully there are plenty of compelling reasons to migrate to Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’, which launched back in April.

But by far the biggest lure is that 21.04 gets support (including core app updates and security fixes) until January 2022. If that doesn’t sound long enough do keep in mind that Ubuntu 21.10 is due for release in October, and that will be supported until July 2022, by which time Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be available, and that’s supported until… Well, you get the idea).

Need a reminder of the Hirsute’s particulars and/or some subtle encouragement to try it out? Throw your eyeballs at the release overview embedded below (if you’re reading from an RSS feed you can go here to watch). It recaps all of the pertinent details with minimum waffle.

We breeze through the key changes

Ready to make the leap? First make sure you have a backup any important files and photos then smush the upgrade button on the upgrade prompt.

Don’t see one? Run this command to make it appear:

sudo do-release-upgrade -c

Follow the on-screen prompts and, within 15 mins or so (assuming you have a good internet connection) you’ll be running the very latest short-term release.

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