Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) begins April 30 2021

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak lukasz.zemczak at ubuntu.com
Fri Mar 12 17:20:43 UTC 2021

Ubuntu announced its 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) release almost 5 years ago, on
April 21, 2016. As with the earlier LTS releases, Ubuntu committed to
ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 5 years. The standard
support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will transition to
Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) on Friday, April 30th, 2021.

Users are encouraged to evaluate and upgrade to our latest 20.04 LTS
release via 18.04 LTS. The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is
via Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Instructions and caveats for the upgrades may be found

  https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BionicUpgrades for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FocalUpgrades for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS continue to be actively supported with
security updates and 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 here:


Canonical provides Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to
customers through Ubuntu Advantage. The announcement including details
about how and where to purchase extended support can be found here:


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.

On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

Łukasz ’sil2100’ Zemczak

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