The next long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 24.04, is scheduled to be released on April 25, 2024.
Launchpad, the home of Ubuntu development, lists this as the final release date (though, as always, it is subject to change).
This and other important dates in the Ubuntu 24.04 development cycle include:
- February 29, 2024 – Feature Freeze
- March 21, 2024 – User Interface Freeze
- April 4, 2024 – Ubuntu 24.04 Beta
- April 11, 2024 – Kernel Freeze
- April 25, 2024 – Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Released
Most of these dates are only really relevant for those contributing to Ubuntu (in various capacities) or looking to test it. The beta on April 4 is the only formal testing milestone that gets release.
Ubuntu 24.04 Expectations
The Ubuntu 24.04 ‘Noble Numbat’ will be the 10th LTS release of Ubuntu made since 2006.
LTS releases of Ubuntu receive 5 years of security updates, bug fixes, and select application updates, making them the most popular version of Ubuntu by far. Ubuntu Pro adds an additional 5 years of security coverage on top to give modern LTS releases a mind-blowing decade of support.
Alas, right now, we don’t know much about the new features and improvements that will be included in Ubuntu 24.04. It’s likely Noble will feature GNOME 46, and a new Linux kernel is a given. We should also see the first official release of an all-snap immutable Ubuntu desktop image too, which is exciting.
Stay tuned for more updates on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS in the coming months.